ALL is set for the installation of Dr. Lekan Balogun as the Olubadan of Ibadan land.
Balogun, who emerged after a legal controversy, will be crowned as the 42nd Olubadan at the historic Mapo Hall today.
As part of the last-minute preparations, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde yesterday presented Balogun with a Toyota Landcruiser Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) as his official vehicle. The vehicle also came with a patrol van that will convey security personnel on the monarch’s entourage.
Traders have announced closure of all major markets in the city today in honour of the ascension of the new Olubadan.
The Babaloja-General of Oyo State, Alhaji Yekini Abass, made this known after a meeting with market leaders across Ibadan.
He said the markets would be closed to prevent traffic congestion and honour the first-class monarch
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the event, while governors, top monarchs and National Assembly members are expected at the ceremony.
Balogun’s younger brother, Dr. Kola Balogun, is the senator representing Oyo South at the Senate.
Mapo Hall has been wearing a new look since Tuesday, as workmen got busy installing podiums, decorating the hall and demarcating spaces for different classes of guests.
The city is expected to stand still for the enthronement of the new king.