Head of Ibadan Seriki line dies at 91


The leader of the Seriki line of Olubadan in Ibadanland, Oyo state, High Chief Adebayo Oyediji is dead. He was aged 91. Family source hinted that the astute and highly successful Ibadan business man died late Friday night after a brief illness. Before his death, Chief Oyediji had a pending case instituted against the elevation and installation of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, by the Olubadan-in-Council and Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Prior to the installation of the current Olubadan of Ibadanland on March 4, 2016, following the transition of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade who passed on at the age of 101 years, Chief Oyediji and some other chiefs of the Seriki Line in the town had filed the suit asking the court to restrain the Olubadan-in-Council and Governor Ajimobi from going ahead with the installation. He even filed Form 48, angling to commit the Governor to jail for contempt having given the staff of office to the new 88-year-old monarch.

Chief Oyediji had instituted several suits in Oyo High Courts against the State Government and the sitting Olubadan over his claim that he and not Oba Saliu Adetunji, should have been installed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi after the passing on of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade in January 2016. He had claimed that he was to be the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland going by his seniority in the Olubadan-in-Council hierarchy.