Ooni stool: Crisis as Lafogido, Ogboru ruling houses head to court

…Reject Giesi’s choice by kingmakers

From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo and Olanrewaju Oyedeji, Ile-Ife

SELECTION of a new Ooni of Ife seems headed for cri­sis as two ruling houses, Lafogido and Lami Ogboru m’olodo are going to court to challenge Ife kingmakers’ choice of Giesi Ruling House to produce the successor of Oba Okunade Sijuwade

Lafogido and Lami Ogbo­ru m’olodo have faulted the state government’s prefer­ence of Giesi ruling house to produce the new Ooni. Both ruling houses, Daily Sun gathered, are of the opinion that the 1980 Ife Chieftain­cy Declaration that formed the basis of the kingmakers’ choice of Giesi was not sac­rosanct, but fraudulent, add­ing that the declaration could no longer stand the test of time.

They intended that 1976 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration was authentic and must be adopted by the kingmakers to allow the remaining rul­ing houses to contest for the stool. The two ruling houses threatened to take legal ac­tion on the matter if the king­makers failed to rescind their decision and allow them to also contest for the seat.

A statement issued at the end of the Lafogido family meeting held on September 14, by Prince Marcus Ade­bola Adunle and Prince Adekanmi Adelugba, the chairman and secretary re­spectively, stated: “It was resolved that the chairman of the ruling house in consulta­tion with the eminent sons of Lafogido should brief a com­petent law firm to handle the issue at the law court.

“There is need to address the issue of the lopsidedness in the picking of candidate for the stool of Ooni of Ife.”

They urged the royal compounds making up the Lafogido Ruling House to unite and challenge the de­cision to pick the new king from Giesi Ruling House. This is even as a group, Osun Positive Force (OPS), has thrown its weight behind the aspiration of Prince Sikiru Adetona Aderenle-Ayedun of the Giesi Ruling House for the stool. The group, a non-governmental organisation, said Prince Aderenle-Ayedun possessed the qualities to oc­cupy the stool.

Source: The SUN
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