Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has presented letters of conferment of obaship titles to 30 out of the 32 high chiefs and baales recommended for the position of obas by the Justice Akintunde Boade-led panel that reviewed the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration.
They include nine high chiefs who are members of the Olubadan-in-Council and 21 other baales who were elevated to the status of oba in line with the report.
The new obas who were on hand to receive their letters at a ceremony held at the House of Chiefs, Parliamentary Building, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, include:
- HRM Oba Lekan Balogun (still the Otun Olubadan Balogun of Ibadanland)
- HRM Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakuleyin (the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland)
- HRM Oba Tajudeen Ajibola (the Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland)
- HRM Oba Eddy Oyewole (Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland)
- HRM Oba Abiodun Kola-Daisi (the Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland)
- HRM Oba Latifu Gbadamosi Adebimpe (the Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland)
- HRM Oba Amidu Ajibade (the Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland)
- HRM Oba (Dr.) Kolawole Adegbola (the Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland)
Senator Rashidi Ladoja, who is currently in court seeking an order against the chieftaincy review was absent.
Two other high chiefs who were supposd to receive their letters died recently. High Chief Femi Olaifa died today.
Some of the 22 baales promoted to status of oba include:
- Oniroko of Iroko
- Onikereku of Ikereku
- Olodo of Olodo
- Alaba of Abanla
- Onilagun of Lagun
- Elegbeda of Egbeda
- Alakaran of Akanran
- Alajia of Ajia
- Onido of Iddo,
- Alawotan of Awontan,
- Onijaye of Ijaye
- Alakufo of Akufo
- Olofa-Igbo of offa Igbo
- Oloke of Okelade-Akin,
- Olugbon of Ile-Igbon
- Ologburo of Ogburo
Governor Ajimobi went ahead with the process despite his stiff opposition to the chieftaincy review.
The letter dated August 25, 2017 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs. Olawunmi Ogunesan, said the confirment of the new titles takes effect from “Friday, 25th, August, 2017”
The letter added that the conferment qualifies the new obas to wear a royal beaded crown and that the new high chiefs will also be addressed as His Royal Majesty while the newly promoted 21 baales will be addressed as “His Royal Highness”.
With the review, the Olubadan of Ibadan will, now be addressed as His Imperial Majesty.
While presenting the letters, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Olalekan Alli, said the coronation and presentation of instrument of office will hold on Sunday, at Mapo Hall where all the crowns will be on display.