Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, was agog Sunday at the coronation of 21 newly beaded Obas.
Governor Ajimobi presided over the crowning ceremony, presentation of certificates as well as staffs of office to the 21 Obas at the event which took place at the Mapo Hall, Ibadan.
However, Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1 and a former governor of Oyo State who doubles as the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja were among personalities absent at the coronation ceremony. It was nonetheless watched by members of the state executive council among others.
The Olubadan had reportedly distanced himself from the coronation stating that he will never be part of an event he did not endorse. He also cited two pending court cases for his absence at the event.
Ladoja on the other hand had gone to the state High Court praying it to declare the Olubadan Chieftaincy review as illegal.
But Ajimobi, while presenting staff of offices and formally coronating the new Obas, declared that his action was in accordance with the law.
“Pursuant to the government white paper on the judicial commission of enquiry of the existing Olubadan of Ibadan declaration and ther related chieftaincies in Ibadanland, published in the Oyo State Gazette No. 14, Vol. 42 by authority on the 23rd August 2017 and the amended declaration on regulating the selection to the Olubadan of Ibadan chieftaincy and related matters as published in the Oyo state gazette No. 15, Vol, 42 by authority in Ibadan on 24th August 2017, the Oyo State government hereby provides as a matter of duty further insights and highlights for record purposes,” he said.
Ajimobi maintained that the initiative was carried out in order to meet the yearnings of the people of Ibadan.
According to the state, “in deference to the wishes of the people of Ibadanland, especially the traditional chiefs, governor Abiola Ajimobi set up the Justice O. A. Boade commission of inquiry. The jucicial commission of enquiry was constituted to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration of 1959 made pursuant to the 1957 chiefs lawas and other related chieftaincies in Ibadanland in line with the current reality of chieftaincies of equal status across the Yorubaland in general on 9th May 2017. The commission submitted a-three volume report at the executive council chamber, Treasury building, Secretariat Ibadan on Friday 19th August 2017.”
The newly coronated Obas include eight members of the Olubadan-in-Council who will now be addressed as Royal Majesties and newly promoted Baales who will now become Obas with Royal Highness as prefix before their respective names.
The full list of the 21 Obas below…
HRM Oba Senator Lekan Balogun- The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland
HRM Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakuleyin- Balogun of Ibadanland
HRM Oba Tajudeen Ajibola- Osi Balogun of Ibadanland
HRM Oba Eddy Oyewole Foko- Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland
HRM Oba Latifu Gbadamosi Adebimpe- Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland
HRM Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi- Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland
HRM Oba (Dr.) Kolawole Adegbola- Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland
HRM Oba S. Amidu Ajibade- Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland
The list of the 13 Baales who are now Obas and to be addressed as Royal Highness include:
HRH Chief Lasisi Akano- Onijaye of Ijaye
HRH Oba Ismaila Abioye Opeola- Oniroko of Iroko
HRH Oba Moses Olasunkanmi Akinyosoye- Onikereku of Ikereku
HRH Oba Mudasiru Omodele Adebayo- Ololodo of Olodo
HRH Oba Victor Sunday Okunola – Elegbeda of Egbeda
HRH Oba Gbolagade Muritala Balalola- Onido of Ido
HRH Oba Olabamiji Ahmed Thomas -Alakufo of Akufo
HRH Oba (Alhaji) Wahab Olabamiji Okedina- Oloke of Okelade-Okin
HRH Oba Dauda Omotoso- Alawotan of Awotan
HRH Oba Adeboye Oyelowo Salako- Olofa of Offa
HRH Oba Rafiu Alawusa- Onilagun of Lagun
HRH Oba Tiamiyu Labiyi Ladipo – Alaba of Aba-Nla
HRH Oba James Oladipo Obisesan – Alakanran of Akanran