Subomi Balogun Dispels Rumour Of Positioning Son As Next Awujale of Ijebuland - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Monday, August 26, 2019

Subomi Balogun Dispels Rumour Of Positioning Son As Next Awujale of Ijebuland

Otunba Subomi Balogun
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The Olori Omooba of Ijebuland and Olori Ebi Fusengbuwa ruling house, Otunba Subomi Balogun has dispelled speculation going round that, he is positioning his son, Ladi Balogun to be the next Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland.

THE ENCOUNTER NEWS recalls that the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, had warned the Kingmakers at the 2019 Ojude- Oba Festival not to politicise selection of his successor by allowing the moneybags to scatter the selection process leading to emergence of new Awujale when the present one quits the stage. 

This generated lots of speculative and insinuating reports on social media, claiming that the founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Olori Ebi Fusengbuwa Ruling House, Olasubomi Balogun has begun immediate positioning of his son, Ladi Balogun, who is Group Chief Executive Officer of FCMB to replace the current Awujale.      

Speaking with Journalists on the purported positioning of Ladi Balogun to replace the current Awujale, Olasubomi Balogun, the Olori Omoba of Ijebuland and Olori Ebi Fusengbuwa, expressed dissatisfaction over the mischief being orchestrated by the enemies of Awujale's stool, the Ijebus and Ijebuland. 

The Olori Oba said it is callous, inhuman and ungodly to wish your fellow human dead as being demonstrated by those behind the mischief, saying it is a taboo in Yorubaland to be scheming for Oba's successor when a reigning monarch is still hale and hearty, just as he added that Ladi, his son, is too busy at FCMB at present, for him to be planning to succeed Awujale.  
He said, "I am most disappointed with the writers and those that are fueling the rumour that I am plotting my son - Oladipupo Balogun, who is handling the affairs of my business, to be the next Awujale of Ijebuland, while the Alaiyeluwa is still very much alive. 

"We all know that Awujale Oba Adetona and I are friend, both of us are still alive, if Awujale could make a pronouncement, does that mean that they should drag my name to sell their stories?

"I happen to be the Olori Omoba, and providence has placed me in a situation in which everybody will expect me to be close to the Awujale and be supportive of whatever he is doing by way of our culture and tradition. 

“Secondly, people know me as a very senior member of royalty in Ijebuland, apart from being the Olori Omoba, I am the Olori Ebi of one of the largest ruling houses in Ijebuland".

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