Following the death of Oba Saliu Adetunji on Sunday, 2nd January 2022, Lekan Balogun has been named as the new Olubadan. 10 high chiefs made the announcement at Mapo hall, Ibadan, Oyo state capital, said there is no court case stopping them from appointing the new Olubadan.
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Speaking to newsmen after the announcement, Balogun said;
“I enjoin you all to discard with all unfounded rumours and insinuations capable of disturbing the peace of Ibadanland, irrespective of the quarter from which such fake news emanate.
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“In line with the traditional practice of Ibadanland when an occasion like this arises, the Olubadan-in-Council has been up and doing liaising with the Oyo state government to ensure that every necessary step to sustain the peace of the city is strictly followed.”
Though Balogun is next in line as the most senior high chief, Michael Lana, the former attorney-general of Oyo, had written Seyi Makinde, the state governor, asking him not to recognize Balogun.