Battle for Next Olubadan: Oyediji Drags Adetunji to Court

There is trouble brewing just days after the demise of Olubadan as a chief from one of the ruling houses has instituted a legal battle stopping the installation of a new Olubadan.

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High Chief Saliu Adetunji has been tipped as the next Olubadan
It is a clear battle now for who becomes the next Olubadan. The head of the Seriki chieftaincy line in Ibadan, Chief Adebayo Oyediji has launched a legal bid to stop the installation of High Chief Saliu Adetunji as the automatic successor to Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade as the Olubadan.
Eighty-nine year old Oyediji, along with five other members of the family filed the motion seeking a court order to make the Oyo State Government and the Olubadan-In-Council Oyediji, install him instead of Adetunji, as the Olubadan.
Oyediji and others based their prayer on a 1989 Supreme Court judgment, which ordered the recognition of the Seriki as the third line to produce the Olubadan. He accused the Olubadan-in-council of disobeying the court judgement.
According to the motion filed by his lawyer, A.G. Adeniran, before the Oyo state Chief Judge, Justice Mukthar Abimbola, the Olubadan -in-Council had since 1989 when the Seriki line obtained a Supreme Court judgment in their favour, denied them the opportunity of being admitted into the Olubadan line.
The motion will be heard next Wednesday.

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