Governor Makinde Approves Nomination Of Olakulehin As 43rd Olubadan

By Damilare Adeleye
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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has hinted that he has received and approved the nomination of Owolabi Olakulehin as the 43rd monarch of the historic city of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Governor Makinde, who made this disclosure in an address at the final burial rites for late Lekan Balogun, the 42nd Olubadan, noted that the new Olubadan would be installed soon.

He declared that the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Lekan Balogun, lived a fulfilled life and would be remembered fondly for his contributions to the growth and development of Ibadan and Oyo State.

The governor stated this at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan during the state burial organised in honour of the late Oba Dr. Balogun, who represented Oyo Central District in the Senate between 1999 and 2003.

He further eulogised the late monarch for working with the state government to achieve the seamless review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration in 2023.

The governor added that the successful review of the Oyo State Chiefs Law I 2023 will enable the government to install the next Olubadan soon, as the government has accepted the recommendation of Olubadan-Elect, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, by the Olubadan-in-Council.

Makinde said: “One thing I want us to take home today is that Kabiyesi Lekan Balogun and I did what people thought Napoleon could not do.

“The Executive Arm of government and the Legislature, on the 26th of May, 2023, amended the Chieftaincy law of Oyo State so that the governor does not need to go to the Council of Chiefs to amend the declaration of traditional rulers.

“Kabiyesi Olubadan and I amended the Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration. Those who are yet to see the document can go and look for it to confirm. That is the declaration to enthrone the Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“I have seen the recommendation of the Olubadan-in-Council and I have accepted it. Oba Olakulehin would be enthroned soon, because due process has been followed.”

The governor equally condoled with the family of Oba Balogun and the people of Ibadan and Oyo State, urging them to take solace in the good life led by the late Olubadan.

“So, I want to once again thank you all and to console the family. We all lost Baba but we should take solace in the fact that Baba lived a very fulfilled life,” the governor said.