Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the appointment of Sen. Lekan Balogun as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Monday, February 14, in Ibadan.
According to the statement, the approval is sequel to the recommendation by the Olubadan-in-Council and which was also communicated to the governor.
Makinde said: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun, as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.
“The appointment is in line with the Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration as well as the unique and time-tested tradition of our people.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Oyo State, I wish the newly-confirmed Olubadan a successful reign, blessed with peace and unprecedented progress.”
Similarly, the governor has approved the revocation of the amended Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration; which also regulates the selection to the Olubadan of Ibadan chieftaincy stool.
The statement likewise indicated that Makinde made the revocation order on Feb.11, in line with the powers conferred on him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
It also indicated that the order was owing to the judgments of Oyo State High Court on Feb. 1 and Feb. 10; as well as Sections 7, 20, 26 and 30 of the Chiefs Law of Oyo State, 2000.
“The four separate laws/White Papers approved for revocation were made public; by the immediate past administration between 2017 and 2018,” the statement said.
It listed the laws/white papers to include: the amended declaration regulating the selection to the Olubadan chieftaincy stool; published in August 2017 and the implementation of the White Paper; on review of the existing Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration.
Others are: the other chieftaincies in Ibadan, published in August 2017; the approval of appointment of beaded crowns for the Olubadan-in-Council; published in March 2018 and the appointment of beaded crowns and coronet- wearing obas; published in March 2018.