Power Play in Olubadan Succession: Ladoja’s Role Challenged as Oyewole Appointed ‘Afobaje’


A brewing power struggle within the corridors of Olubadan succession dynamics has emerged, spotlighting Rashidi Ladoja, the Otun Olubadan, as a central figure in the unfolding drama, OYOINSIGHT.COM exclusively reveal.

Sources privy to the situation indicate a concerted effort, spearheaded by influential factions, aiming to curtail Ladoja’s sway following his stance against the elevated status of Obaship, thus positioning him as a target within the selection process for the new Olubadan.

Traditionally, the ascension to the Olubadan throne follows two distinct lines, with Ladoja heading the Otun lineage and Owolabi Olakulehin leading the Baloguns. As it presently stands, with the Balogun line poised to produce the next monarch, Ladoja automatically assumes the role of Afobaje of Ibadan, entrusted with coordinating the selection process, while Tajudeen Ajibola, the Otun Balogun, is expected to initiate the motion for Olakulehin’s candidacy.

However, the elevated Obas, in a bold move, bypassed Ladoja and instead designated Eddy Oyewole, the Osi Olubadan and next in line after Ladoja in the Otun lineage, to preside over the selection process. Their rationale, as articulated, emphasizes the hierarchical precedence of royal majesties over chiefs, asserting that a high chief such as Ladoja cannot preside over a gathering attended by royal majesties.

Contrary to expectations, behind the scenes negotiations reveal a working relationship between Ladoja and the Olubadan-designate, particularly since the vacancy arose. While the deceased monarch, Oba Lekan Balogun, his would-be successor Olakulehin, and others have embraced the elevated Obaship, Ladoja has opted to contest it in court, setting the stage for a legal showdown.

In an apparent display of defiance, only Ladoja attended Tuesday’s pivotal meeting slated for the commencement of the selection process, with the nine elevated Obas conspicuously absent. Notably absent were key figures such as Osi Olubadan, Eddy Oyewole; Asipa Olubadan, Abiodun Kola-Daisi; Ekerin Olubadan, Amidu Ajibade, as well as prominent Baloguns.

Amidst the backdrop of conflicting interpretations of hierarchy and authority, the underlying tension underscores deeper fissures within the traditional fabric of Ibadan’s governance structure, as both sides navigate a labyrinth of historical precedence and contemporary power dynamics.


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