By Dayo Johnson
ALLEGED preference for one of the nine candidates nominated by the Ojijigogun ruling house by some of the 16 Kingmakers ahead of the screening to fill the vacant stool of Deji of Akureland is tearing them apart.
A meeting slated for last Sunday at the palace of the Asamo, High Chief Olusanya to kick start the screening exercise was reportedly boycotted by majority of the Kingmakers.
This was coming as the list of the nominated candidates agreed upon by the three families that make up the Ojijigogun ruling house was made public yesterday and they include one from the Arosoye family, seven from Adesida and one from Faturoti family.
The list of the candidates eyeing the stool include Prince Spencer Adebisi Faloye Arosoye (Arosoye family), Ademola Adewole Adegoroye (Faturoti family), Prince George Albert Adesida, Prince Adejare Afunbiowo Adesida, Prince Biyi Adegboye Adesida, Prince Ademuyiwa Adebola Adebobajo Adesida, Prince Thomas Adebanjo Adedeji Adesida, Prince Abiodun Adejuwon Adesida and Prince Ademola Adeusi Adesida (Adesida family).
Also, the Kingmakers could not agree on who should be the chairman of the screening committee.
On receipt of the nine nominees, information filtered to some of the Kingmakers that five of them have preference for a particular candidate even before the arrival of the list.
Irked by this development 11 of the existing Kingmakers boycotted the meeting and subsequently the meeting could not hold because those that attended failed to form a quorum.
No date has been fixed for another meeting to consider the suitability of the candidates according to the custom as the Kingmakers are now suspicious of each other that they may not be objective enough in their choice of the right candidate for the stool.
None of the Kingmakers contacted to comment on the development volunteered information as they said that they would disagree to agree on such sensitive matters which are not meant for the public.
It will be recalled that the state government through the Akure South local government had last week communicated with the ruling house to commence the nomination process in a bid to fill the stool within 14 days.
According to the letter which was signed by the Secretary, Director of Local government Administration Alhaji K O Basari it directed the ruling house to â€œcommence the selection process towards the filling of the vacant stool of the Deji of Akure strictly in line with the provision of the Chief Edict 1981 no11 of 1984 order as amended and the provisions of Deji of Akure Chieftaincy declaration order 1991
It added that â€˜Note that with effect from the date of this letter; you have 14 days to complete this exercise. You are under obligation to keep the undersigned informed of the dates of the meeting for the purpose(s) of nominating candidates.
The letter pointed out that the presence of the Secretary Director, Local government Administration, Akure South Local government as an observer in the said meeting is â€œa statutory requirement for the validation of such nomination process