Oyo princes seek Makinde’s clarification on Alaafin’s stool

PRINCESSES of ruling houses in Oyo city have called on Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde to issue a categorical statement about a letter purportedly written by Atiba Local Government Area of ​​the state stating that only Agunloye Ruling House in eligible to fill the vacant seat of Alaafin from Oyo.

A statement issued and signed on behalf of other princes by Prince Hassan Adedeji Atiba-Adeniran said the call for clarification by the state government has become necessary to avoid disturbing public order.

The crutch was released after the death of Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, prompting electable princes from nine ruling houses to declare their intention to compete for the crutch based on the provisions of the 1976 Declaration on the Alaafin of Oyo Stool, in which one family was recognized.


The declaration rendered the previous one, issued in 1961, ineffective, recognizing the descendants of 11 male children of Oba Atiba Atobatele as eligible to compete for the throne.

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However, a letter dated August 9, 2022, signed by the Director of Administration and General Services, Alhaji AA Ayoola, stated that only princes of Agunloye Ruling House are those eligible for the defecation.

Atiba-Adeniran responded, saying the letter violates the law as it applies to the Alaafin’s stool, as well as a previous assurance from the state government that there would be a level playing field for all interested candidates competing for the stool. Atiba-Adeniran further said, “For fairness and fairness, our cousins ​​of the Agunloye Ruling House should refrain from competing for the crutch that has spawned four Alaafins in the past, and descendants of the remaining nine other houses should be allowed to compete.

“We were pleased when the Governor’s Special Advisor for Tourism, Mr. Ademola Ige, said recently during the celebration of the Sango Festival that the state government would do nothing to interfere in the process of selecting a new Alaafin.

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“We were also happy when the state government further said that all participants in our father’s crutch would receive justice and fairness, but the letter from Atiba Local Government Area seems to cause some tension, which we want the state government to clarify. ”

He went on to say that the state government should do everything possible to ensure that it implements the provisions of the 1976 Declaration, which recognizes one house from which a suitably qualified candidate must be selected.

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