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Olubadan Stool: Ex Oyo Gov, Ladoja Clarifies Stance on Backing Lekan Balogun as Next Olubadan

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The Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, has clarified that he did not say the Otun Olubadan, who is traditionally the next heir to the throne of Olubadan, will be crowned as Olubadan or not.

Ladoja’s reaction followed online reports that he has finally backed the nomination of High Chief Balogun as the next Olubadan, as he was endorsed by the other ten Olubadan-in-Council members, at the ancient Mapo Hall on Wednesday.

Clearing the air, Ladoja said, “In my comment, I did not say High Chief Lekan Balogun will be the next Olubadan or not.

“I said and quote me, Otun Olubadan, traditionally is the next heir to the throne of Olubadan, but in this regard, I’m not talking about the nomination of Lekan Balogun.

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“There was no time I said I backed his nomination or not. Please, only report what I said and don’t quote me out of context.

“It is a known fact that, in Ibadan tradition, the Otun Olubadan traditionally becomes the next Olubadan after the exit of the Olubadan.

“That explanation should not be misconstrued to mean I’m in support of his nomination as the next Olubadan or not.”

Meanwhile, Ladoja has revealed that he had no hand in the letter written by an Ibadan-born lawyer and former Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Michael Lana.

Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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