According to a PUNCH report, the submission of application for the next Alaafin of Oyo closes today, Friday May 13, 2023.
Recall that the stool became vacant following the death of Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III on April 22 at the age of 83.
Oba Adeyemi who ruled for over fifty years was said to have been produced by the Alowolodu Ruling House and according to the law, the next ruling house to produce the next Alaafin is the Agunloye Ruling House.
They are the two major royal houses with the right to be enthroned as the monarch of the ancient town.
While the application to fill the revered stool closes today, twenty eight ruling families from the Agunloye Ruling House have called on the Oyo Mesi to pick the next Alaafin of Oyo from among the princes from the families.
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According to Head of the Mogaji Isale Oja Agunloye, Abdukareem Ishaq, Agunloye gave birth to 29 children and the family of just one of the children, Lawani Agogo Ija, had produced Alaafin three times.
He said it was now the turn of one of the 28 families of Agunloye to produce the next Alaafin.
He stressed that 20 princes had shown interest to occupy the throne while urging the kingmakers to be fair so that the remaining 28 royal families would not be pushed out from those who have the right to occupy the throne.
The Mogaji statement reads: “It is our turn to produce the next Alaafin and we are calling on the Oyo Mesi to be fair in this case. Those on the other side have been saying it is their turn again and we find this disturbing.
“Alaafin Adelu Agunloye was the first son of Alaafin Abiodun Atiba, who established the present Oyo. Agunloye gave birth to 29 children and Alaafin Ajuwo Lawani Agogo Ija family has been the only family producing Alaafin since then and neglecting the other 28.
“The remaining 28 families are: Tela Baba Ilaka; Akee Amulegboja; Agboyin Alayo Ayo; Ajuwon Loja; Tela Irinborogidi; Olanniba Baba Mosalasi; Akee Abanikanda; Afonja (Aburo Abanikanda) and Tela Arowona.
“Others are Afonja Arowona Ile Ilugbenka; Agboyin Arowona; Ajuwo Sanni; Ajuwon Aliyi; Tela Arowojemosa; Tela Ibrahim; Adeoye Ileolokuta and Tela Aseseruogun.
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“They also include Tela Adeoti Olusami Lajire; Oyelegnin Ilaka; Tela Isheke; Tela Olookun (Aremoye Agunloye); Tela Lagbaja (Ile Tetu); Adetunji Ile Awonwon; Akadiri Baba Omo Adegboolu; Adeniran Baba Salami Ilaka; Akee Akadiri (Abidekun Agunloye); Tela Iyalamu and Ajuwon Adeniregun.
“Our children have applied to me and they are 20 in number. They are from these 28 families whose turn it is to produce the next Alaafin. I think some may still show their interest but tomorrow (Friday) is the closing date we fixed for submission of application.”
He said the families had princes who have excelled in various fields and who have deep knowledge of tradition and culture and the carriage to succeed Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.
“Although we are making an appeal now but we are ready to take the case to court if we are sidelined this time round. The three Alaafin produced by the Agunloye Ruling House were from one family. So, they should pick the next Alaafin from one of us.
“Our aim is to further develop Oyo town, we want companies to be established here and to make life better for everyone. The state government should also ensure that justice and fairness prevail,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Oyomesi led by the traditional Prime Minister of Oyo, High Chief Olayinka Ayoola, has decided to proceed with installation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the Aare Baasofin of Yorubaland (the Supreme Lawmaker of Yorubaland) slated to hold on May 27, 2022.
Incidentally, the occasion which was earlier suspended over the king’s demise would to be part of activities to mark the lawmaker’s 60th birthday.
The title was said to have been conferred on him by the late Alaafin of Oyo for his outstanding performance in the national assembly.