Senator Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan, has been touted to succeed Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan who passed on on Sunday.
Balogun had sometime ago led a revolt that would be see beaded chiefs transform into full fledged monarch, a move the late Olubadan resisted.
Senator Balogun is a business and sits atop boards of various companies, including Oil and Gas, Distributive Trade, Management Consulting, Mechanized Farming and Export of non-oil items as well as Travels and Tourism.
A former senator, he was an administrator/head, industrial relations, recruitment and scholarships, planning and development at Shell Petroleum Development Company.
He was also a Research Fellow with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a director with Triumph Newspaper, Kano; Editor of the monthly Magazine-‚ÄúThe Nigerian Pathfinder‚ÄĚ as well as Management Consultant for Multinational Organizations such as Leyland, Exiat Battery and Nigerian Breweries.
He‚Äôs a renowned technocrat, author and philanthropist.
He holds a Doctorate, Master‚Äôs and Bachelor‚Äôs Degrees in Public Administration; Public and Social Administration and Economics from Columbus International University, Brunel University and Manchester University all in the United Kingdom.
A former Presidential Aspirant on the platform of SDP, Senator Balogun was also a Gubernatorial Candidate for the PDP in Oyo State in the present political dispensation and a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the Fourth Republic.
He was chairman Senate Committee on National Planning and was a member to many Senate Committees such as Appropriations, Security and Intelligence, Police Affairs and Defence (Army).
The soon to be 80 year old Balogun has written and published widely. Many of his publications include but not limited to; A Review of Nigeria‚Äôs 4 years‚Äô Development Plan, 1970-1974; Nigeria: Social Justice or Doom; Power for Sale: published in Punch Newspaper; Arrogance of Power; Nigeria: The people must decide, among other publications.
The soon to be crowned Olubadan has not been without his own share of controversy. In 2018, he alongside other Ibadan high chiefs got into a long drawn battle with the late revered king.