Oyo: Kingmakers debunk emergence of new Alaafin

Oyo: Kingmakers debunk emergence of new Alaafin

Kingmakers have debunked emergence of a new person to ascend the vacant throne of Alaafin of Oyo.

A source in the palace confirmed that the throne still remains vacant. The source confirmed this while reacting to the news making the rounds indicating that a new Alaafin of Oyo has emerged.

The source, who is also one of the kingmakers, dispelled what he described as “a widely spread rumour” by one of the contestants to the throne, Prince Lukman Adelodu Gbadegesin, parading himself as the Alaafin-elect.

Another source speaking under the condition of anonymity, said the process for the selection of a new Alaafin is still ongoing and the report of the consensus candidate has not been presented to the governor for final ratification.

He disclosed that Prince Gbadegesin has been over-ambitious using the media to achieve his personal ambition.

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The source further noted that Governor Seyi Makinde just forwarded to the Oyomesi to expedite action on the selection process, and he said, the outcome of the process would be made known soon.

He said, “He is only too ambitious. He is using the media to make himself popular. No new Alaafin has emerged. The selection process is still on and we must follow due process as instructed by the governor.”

“I am saying this without any equivocation that the public about disregard the news widely spread around by him. No one has selected him as the Alaafin-elect.”

“You know, he did his birthday yesterday and he’s trying to use the media to help himself and find favour.”

“According to Oyo tradition and the Alaafin Chieftain Declaration, the law governing the process of succession, the Baba Iyaji would present the list of the princes to the Oyo Mesi whose head, the Bashorun, would then convene a decision after some screening.”

“The decision meeting, to be witnessed by government officials, would feature a consensus or voting where there is a plurality of choices,” he declared.

Source: Vanguard.

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