The hitherto peaceful and orderly selection of Ibadan monarchs seems to be brewing with itches this time around. Following the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, two High Chiefs are now laying claim to being the next in line for the throne.
The brewing crisis is between the present Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Saliu Adetunji, who is expected to occupy the throne and the head of Seriki family in Ibadan, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, who has also claimed that he is the next Olubadan of Ibadan.
Speaking in Ibadan on Wednesday January 20, 2016, High Chief Oyediji said, “I am the next to be installed Olubadan and not Adetunji.” Oyediji also hinted that a motion has been filed on behalf of the Seriki family by his lawyer, A.G. Adeniran, before the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Mukhtar Abimbola. High Chief Oyediji further claimed that the Seriki family obtained a Supreme Court judgment which favoured their admittance into the Olubadan ruling line in 1989 but the Olubadan -in-Council had refused to respect it.
High Chief Oyediji also hinted that the motion in court was also to seek the order of the court, setting aside all the appointments made by the late Olubadan to fill vacancies existing in the chieftaincy titles of Ekerin Olubadan, Ashipa Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Otun Olubadan and Balogun Olubadan of Ibadan from November 21, 2008 up till the last appointment that was made on January 1, 2016.
It will be recalled that the late Olubadan elevated High Chief Adetunji from Otun Balogun to Balogun in October 2015 in an exercise involving the elevation of several other Chiefs.