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Alaafin Stool: Traditional council shortlists 10 aspirants

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
17 September 2022   |   4:01 am
Members of the Oyo Traditional Council (Oyo Mesi) yesterday concluded their interview sessions with aspirants for the Alaafin stool, disclosing that a total of 65 contestants appeared for the exercise.

Members of the Oyo Traditional Council (Oyo Mesi) yesterday concluded their interview sessions with aspirants for the Alaafin stool, disclosing that a total of 65 contestants appeared for the exercise.

The acting Regent and the Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yussuf Akinade Ayoola Layinka 1, who made the disclosure, stated that out of the number, only 10 aspirants were qualified for the interview.

He stated that members of the Oyo Mesi would soon meet to deliberate on the next step, which is the Ifa consultation.

“Whoever emerges among the shortlisted aspirants will be the candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo,” he said.

Reacting to the allegation that the Council collected N200,000 from each aspirant during the interview, he clarified that “the state government is not only aware but was carried along in all our proceedings before, during and after the interview period.”

He added: “The state government is ably represented by the Chairperson of the Atiba local government and some officials of the Council.

“On the Alapinni matter, he is a member of the Oyo Mesi but presently indisposed. To follow due process, he needs to be represented in order to keep him abreast of development.”

He cannot be left out in the scheme of things. Hence, we request for his representative. Health is wealth. We wish him a quick recovery.

“People should watch their utterances and refrain from reckless comments capable of causing implosion. People entrusted with the peace and tranquility of the town should not just rush to the press for mischief making. It is better for one to find out about what he or she doesn’t know from the authentic source than going to the press to cause disaffection.”