They want to force sick Olubadan-designate on us, Second-In-Command Cries Out


The Otun Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Abimbola Ajibola, has again voiced concern about alleged ill-health of the Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin.

The Olubadan stool became vacant following the death of Oba Lekan Balogun, who spent two years on the throne, and died at the age of 81.

The next-in-line and Olubadan-designate, Oba Olakulehin, has been reported to be bedeviled by health problems on account of old age with his whereabouts said to be unknown.

Oba Ajibola reiterated this claim on Tuesday at his Sanyo private residence in Ibadan where he said some selfish persons are hell bent on seeing Oba Olakulehin assume the position despite his incapacitation.

In his own word, “What is in need for hurry? Someone (Olakulehin) we have not seen. He has not spoken with us. He has not spoken with Ibadan people.

“I am his second in command, I’m his lieutenant. He has not called me to say, ‘My Otun, I’m back. So, tell your people. And when are you seeing me?’ They are just forcing him because of their own selfish interest.”

Speaking further, “They said we called a meeting and we have endorsed him (Olakulehin). I’m not part of that. I’ve told them my mind that I won’t be part of that illegality. We know Baba Olakulehin is the next Olubadan, but let us allow him to get well.

“Has anybody seen him since last Friday? Those who went there after Friday were unable to see him. They are forcing this man. We should allow him to get well.”

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