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Lekan Balogun: The Olubadan in-waiting

There’s fanfare as traditional drummers, family members, friends, relatives and wellwishers of High Chief Mashood Olalekan Balogun besieged the Alli-Iwo compound of the current Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land a few hours after the death of the immediate past Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji.

Reports claim the next person to ascend the throne is High Chief Lekan Balogun.

The drummers and the family members were seen at the compound on Sunday, rejoicing that the Olubadan stool has finally returned to the Alli-Iwo compound.

Alli-Iwo compound is located along the Agodi-Gate-Oje-Beere Road in the present Ibadan North East Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the Alli-Iwo descendants have their origin from Iwo in the present Osun State.

The Olubadan in-waiting, Lekan Balogun, as he is fondly called, represented Oyo Central senatorial district between 1999 and 2003.

Balogun, who was promoted from Mogaji to Ajia Olubadan a few decades ago, had earlier worked as a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State.

Balogun’s younger brother, Dr. Muhammed Kola Balogun is currently representing Oyo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

He holds a doctor of philosophy degree, and has emerged a popular early choice for the esteemed stool.

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