Thursday, 28 January 2016

The head of the Seriki line in Ibadan, Chief Adebayo
Oyediji, has urged the Oyo State Governor, Abiola
Ajimobi, not to dabble in the controversy over who
will become the next Olubadan of Ibadanland after
the demise of the last occupier of the throne, Oba
Samuel Odugade.
After the death of the monarch last week, Oyediji
said he should be the next king of Ibadan and not
the Balogun Olubadan, High Chief Saliu Adetunji,
who is favoured by the Olubadan succession
system and the Olubadan-in-Council.
He said a court ruling in 1989 favoured the Seriki
line’s admittance into the Olubadan ruling line,
adding that since 1989 when the judgment was
obtained, the Olubadan-in-Council had refused to
respect it.
The Olubadan-in-Council in its reaction to Oyediji’s
claim of being the next king based on the 1989
court ruling, said Adetunji would be crowned the
next Olubadan. It stated that Oyediji was not even
the Seriki because the late Olubadan did not
promote him from Osi Seriki before he died.
Oyediji reacted by saying that he actually paid
N170,000 to the late king for him to be elevated but
he was denied the promotion. He warned that if the
Olubadan-in-Council went ahead to install Adetunji,
they would be contravening the court injunction.
On Tuesday in Abuja, Governor Ajimobi told
journalists that Oyediji would not be the next
Olubadan because apart from not qualifying to
become the next king, he had yet to attain the
Seriki status.
He said, “The Seriki House started during the
period of the late Chief Adisa Akinloye and it has
been decided even long ago that to be Olubadan
from the Seriki line, you have to join if there are
concurrent deaths of both the Ekerin and Ashipa,
then you can qualify as Seriki to be Ekerin. But now
there is no vacancy for any Ekerin.
“The man (Oyediji) who lays claim to the Olubadan
stool, even if he was to be promoted would only
become Ekerin. He cannot be Olubadan. It is not
going to happen.”
But on Wednesday, Oyediji told our correspondent
in Ibadan that Ajimobi had no right to take a
decision on the matter especially when it was in
court. He added that the court would hear the
matter on Thursday (Today) in Ibadan.
He said, “Only the court can decide the case; it is
not for the governor to decide. He cannot be the
judge. The court had issued a restraining order
that no one should be promoted up to the Olubadan
level. Can Ajimobi erase a court order? He cannot
do it. I am only waiting for the decision of the court
and not what someone will say.”
When reminded that the governor said he (Oyediji)
was not even a Seriki yet and that the best he
could aspire to was the Ekerin Olubadan title,
Oyediji said Ajimobi should not interfere in such
matters.
“We will leave that to the court to decide. He
should not interfere in this matter. As a governor,
he should not interfere in this matter. Can he take a
decision on such matter that is in court? He should
tell people that the case is in court instead of
taking a position.
“The court will hear the matter tomorrow (today).
They will know that all the elevations that had been
done were illegally conducted (because there was
a court order). The court has said no elevation
should be done from Ekerin to Balogun and
Olubadan. The court has already restrained them
and they will know tomorrow (today),” Oyediji said.

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