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Group urges fresh selection process for Soun stool

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
07 April 2022   |   4:04 am
Amid crisis generated by the selection process of a new Soun of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, a group, Ogbomoso Zone Peoples Front (OZPF), has appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to intervene and order fresh selection process aimed at appointing a credible and acceptable monarch for the community.

Amid crisis generated by the selection process of a new Soun of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, a group, Ogbomoso Zone Peoples Front (OZPF), has appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to intervene and order fresh selection process aimed at appointing a credible and acceptable monarch for the community.

The group, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Musibau Mutiu, and Secretary, Mr. Benjamin Adegboyega, said the appeal became imperative in the interest of justice, fairness, transparency and unity of the ruling families and the community at large.

The stool became vacant after the demise of Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III.

A United States (U.S.)-based Pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye, has been chosen by the kingmakers as the new Soun.

However, there have been protests against Olaoye’s choice by some members of the ruling family.

Mutiu, who spoke with newsmen, stressed the need to put Ogbomoso on high pedestal, saying: “The Soun’s stool is an exalted and significant throne that must not be toyed with.

“There is a clash of interests among the ruling families, and the kingmakers themselves seem divided. There are accusations and counter-accusations in many quarters.

“The position of the Laoye family, led by its Mogaji, Olawole Olaoye, showed that the Fifth Columnists had hijacked the process, thereby making the whole process a sham. There is another camp of kingmakers led by the Aare-Ago of Ogbomoso, Chief Sobaloju Otolorin.

“The interviews granted by these differing groups and their body language indicate that they are working at cross purposes, which cannot help the throne and the town.”

Adegboyega, therefore, called for decorum in the matter.