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Alaafin: Oyo kingmakers, princes on war path

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BARRING any eleventh-hour cessation of hostilities, matters may get out of hand in the battle over who would be crowned new Alaafin of Oyo.

  Indications to this effect came to fore yesterday when Prince Afolabi Ademola Adesina, who is one of the princes aspiring to fill the late Oba Lamidi Olayiowola Adeyemi IV’s vacant stool  accused Oyo State Government of trying to subvert due process and impose its choice on the ruling house.

  Explaining that he is from Adeitan Atiba Royal lineage whose turn it is to produce the next Alaafin,Adesina said  the state government had ignored nine other ruling houses listed since December 8, 1976 by then Oyo State Military Government and Gazetted in 1995 White Paper, on 16 July, 200.

  He described the move as a sacrilege in Oyo custom and vowed to mobilise Adeitan Atiba Royal House against it.

  But Oyo kingmakers quickly dismissed Adesina’s claims and said he is only a bad loser seeking attention.

  A statement issued in Ibadan yesterday by the council of Baba Iyaji, Agunpopo, Arole, Ọna Isokun and Atingisi said that 58 princes were shortlisted from the 119 applicants that were screened by the body in line with customs in presence of officials of Oyo State government in Baba Iyaji palace.

  According to the kingmakers, Adesina was among 61 contestants who were disqualified.

  It will be recalled that Alaafin’s stool became vacant as a result of the death of Oba Adeyemi, who recently joined his ancestors at the age of 83 after reigning for 52 years.

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