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New Chapter Opened in Ibadan as New Olubadan is Crowned


A new chapter was Friday opened at the ancient city of Ibadan when High Chief Saliu Adetunji was crowned the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Adetunji, 87, was crowned Friday morning by the 10th Oluwo Afobaje of Ibadanland, Chief Idowu Popoola.
By this ascension Adetunji, a doyen of the music industry and the former Balogun of Ibadanland, succeeds the late Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade I, who ascended the throne in 2007 and passed on January this year.
The coronation processes took the new Olubadan to the palace of Oluwo Afobaje, Oja Oba.
Adetunji was at the Oluwo Afobaje palace to undergo traditional rites as expected of a new monarch.
He later left the Afobaje’s palace to the Afobaje arcade where he was crowned. The new king, who also performed the calabash selection event, picked the Money Calabash, a reflection that his reign would depict prosperity.
Speaking at the event, Popoola, the Afobaje, described the coronation ceremony as unique in the history of Ibadan, commending Gov. Abiola Ajimobi for his support.
He also commended Globacom and producers of Eagle Aromatic Schnapps for their unflinching contributions and support to the coronation.
Popoola said that the new king became a Mogaji during his father’s reign as the Olubadan in 1976.
He said that Ibadan began to use the appellation “Olubadan of Ibadanland” under the reign of Late Oba Abas Aleshinloye in 1936.
Adetunji, the only king to be installed by an Ibadan indigene as governor, has his formal title as Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso 1. The members of the Olubadan-in-Council led by High Chief Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland and High Chief Rasheed Ladoja among others paid the traditional respect to the new king.
Recall that the Seriki family, which is laying claim to the Olubadan of Ibadan throne, had filed a suit seeking to restrain the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, the Attorney General of the state and the Olubadan-in-Counoil from recognising or installing High Chief Saliu Adetunji, as the next monarch in Ibadan.
The claimants filed the suit numbered 1/149/16, though their counsel, Abideen Adeniran, before an Oyo State High Court.
The claimants, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, Chief Olalekan Fakunle, Chief Rasidi Abinupagun, and Chief Gabriel Kofoworola, acting on behalf of the Seriki family, said aside Adetunji, the defendants must not enthrone anyone as the Olubadan pending the hearing and final determination of the suit.

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