Next Olubadan: Oyediji battles Adetunji in court

Oba Saliu Adetunji
Balogun Saliu Adetunji touted to be the next Olubadan
Balogun Saliu Adetunji touted to be 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.