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51st Ooni: Some ruling houses fault Giesi’s choice

By Gbenga Olarinoye

Osogbo — There have been strings of rejection by the other ruling houses in Ile-Ife following the announcement of Ife kingmakers on Monday who asked the Giesi Ruling House to present candidates to fill the vacant stool of the Ooni of Ife.

The Ooni-Ilare ruling house within the Ogboru dynasty, Ilare, Ile-Ife, has denounced the Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1980, on which Ife kingmakers, led by Obalufe of Ife, Oba Solomon Folorunso Omisakin and the Lowa of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola requested the Giesi Ruling House to submit names to fill the vacant stool.

The Ife kingmakers had at a briefing stated that going by the latest Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1980 which places emphasis on rotation, it was the turn of the Giesi ruling house to produce candidates for the exalted Ooni of Ife stool.


They also noted that the same official 1980 document, which has not been reviewed was the one used to install Oba Okunade Sijuwade, whose transition in July left the stool vacant.

But the spokesman of the Ooni Ilare royal family, prince Adewuyi Adetogun faulted the position saying there was a lacuna in the 1980 chieftaincy declaration, which knocked off rotational arrangement established in the 1957 Ife chieftaincy declaration.

Adetogun gave a break-down on who is qualified to ascend the throne of Ooni saying what is expected from the kingmakers is fair play and justice by inviting all the four ruling houses to present candidates and then allow the Ifa oracle to pick the best among them.


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