2023 Elections: Olubadan Denies Endorsement of Peter Obi

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, denied yesterday the claim that he endorsed the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi, for president in the 2023 elections.

His media assistant, Oladele Ogunsola, provided this information in a statement to journalists in Ibadan.

The statement reads: “The attention of the palace of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, has been drawn to the claim of endorsement of the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, by the monarch and his members of Advisory Council, a claim described as false and self-concocted to mislead the public.

“In the offensive video being widely circulated by Obi’s handlers, High Chief Eddy Oyewole was seen praying for the success of the party at the polls and one cannot but wonder how that became an endorsement. Are Obi’s sympathisers looking forward to the palace cursing him? God forbid.

“How could anybody in his or her widest imagination assume that a presidential candidate of any political party would receive an open endorsement from a place like the palace of Olubadan? That must be a joke carried too far. It is preposterous to say the least.

“While discountenancing the claim of endorsement by the Olubadan Advisory Council, our politicians are counselled to please leave the palace out of their game. The campaign is just starting and visits to palaces are part of the itinerary of the candidates. How would they feel should the gates of palaces be locked against them?”


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