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Ladoja shuns Makinde’s presentation of staff of office to 10 Ibadan Obas

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Ladoja shuns Makinde’s presentation of staff of office to 10 Ibadan Obas

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Friday, presented Staff of Office to 10 out of 11 High Chiefs of Ibadanland elevated to beaded crown-wearing Oba, at the ancient Mapo hall, Ibadan, the state capital.

Makinde had last month approved the elevation of the High Chiefs following the recommendation of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, who is the prescribed and consenting authority.

The new Obas are Owolabi Olakulehin; Tajudeen Ajibola; Eddy Oyewole; Lateef Adebimpe; Biodun Kola-Daisi; Kola Adegbola; Hamidu Ajibade; Olubunmi Isioye; Bayo Akande and Abiodun Azeez but the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, who had earlier rejected the elevation stayed away from the ceremony.

Ladoja had recently said he was not interested in any crown other than that of the Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“When I set out to join the race to become the Olubadan, I was focusing on how to become the Olubadan and the only crown I want to wear is that of Olubadan of Ibadanland,” he had told newsmen.

Meanwhile, the 10 newly coronated Obas will henceforth function as the Chairmen, Traditional Council of their respective Local Government Areas within Ibadanland.