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Makinde lacks power to crown new Olubadan — Ladoja

The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has spoken out against claims that Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde is deliberately delaying the coronation of a new Olubadan.

Ladoja made his comments during an interview at his Ibadan residence on Eid-el-Kabir celebration day.

Ladoja emphasized that he and Governor Makinde enjoy a good relationship, citing the governor’s recent gift of a large cow and bags of rice as evidence.

He also mentioned that Governor Makinde had called to wish him a happy Eid-el-Kabir, contrary to claims that the governor is targeting him.

The former governor clarified that it is not the governor’s role to crown a new Olubadan, but rather the responsibility of the people of Ibadanland.

According to Ladoja, the Oluwo of Ibadanland has the authority to crown a new monarch, and the coronation process will take place at Ile Ose-Meji before the governor presents the new Olubadan with the staff and instrument of office at Mapo.

Regarding the health condition of the Olubadan-designate, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Ladoja said that in his opinion, the new monarch is fit for office, albeit at an advanced age.

He noted that Oba Olakulehin has been preparing for this role since 1983.

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