Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has approved the scrapping of the Seriki line in the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration. This follows the adoption of the recommendation of the Justice Akintunde Boade commission of Enquiry on the review of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration of 1959.
Only the Olubadan line and the Balogun line can now produce the Olubadan.
The Olubadan line has however been renamed the “Otun Olubadan line”.
The decisions are contained in the document No. 14, Vol. 42, Oyo State Notice No. 27 dated August 23, 2017 and titled “Government White Paper by Technical Committee on the Report of Judicial Commission of Enquiry on the Review of the Existing Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadanland.”
The governor, on Friday, presented letters of conferment of obaship titles to 21 High Chiefs and Baales, in line with the Boade panel report. The coronation of the new obas will hold on Sunday at Mapo Hall, Ibadan
The Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has distanced himself from the coronation, stating that it was illegal and an contemptuous.
The scrapping of the Seriki line comes even as the line remained locked in legal battle with the Olubadan chieftaincy. The Seriki line, headed by Chief Adebayo Oyediji, claimed that it was supposed to produce the Olubadan before Oba Adetunji was installed.
Chief Oyediji had challenge the legality and propriety of the state government to appoint the reigning Olubadan from the Balogun line despite an existing law that pitch the Seriki line to produce the Olubadan.
Members of the government committee which considered the report and recommendations of the Justice Boade Commission include the Governor’s Executive Assistance on Political Matters, Dr. Morohunkola Thomas as the chairman, the Governors Chief of Staff, Dr. Gbade Ojo as member and the Coordinating Director (Cabinet and Security Services), Mr. F.N. Oladeinde as the secretary.
Other members are: the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluseun Abimbola, Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun and Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Abimbola Kolade.
Special Adviser on Community Relations, Mr. Abidemi Siyanbade; Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, Special Adviser on Due Process, Mrs. Rose Oyedele, are also members of the committee.