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Ife kingmakers divided over Ooni choice


Ooni-of-Ife, okunade sijuade

-Next king will come from us – Giesi

Forget zoning, we have a right too – Oshinkola


By Olanrewaju Oyedeji, Ile-Ife


As the drama over who becomes the next Ooni of Ife continues, investigations have revealed that the kingmakers are divided over who becomes the next king. It was reliably gathered that the division among the kingmakers can be reliably traced to the claim to the throne by both the Giesi and Oshinkola families. A few days ago, the Giesi family held a press conference where they warned the kingmakers against compromising standards. They also sent a warning message to Governor Aregbesola.

From the tone of their message the Giesi family warned the Osun state Governor to stay clear off decision on who becomes next Ooni.

Not done, the Giesi also presented 6 princes from which they expect the next Ooni to come from.

However, some cracks have been noticed amongst the kingmakers. While some of them are in tune with the Giesi family producing the next Ooni, others are of the opinion that other royal families should be given a chance especially with the strong-claim of Mr. Rahman Adedoyin to the throne,

It was gathered reliably that the affluence of Mr Rahman is swaying some of the kingmakers who feel the owner of Oduduwa University was closer to the throne during the lifetime of Ooni and so should be able to handle issues of royalty better.

It will be recalled that some weeks ago, it was reported that some section of the Giesi family had reportedly declared their support for Mr Rahman but later renounced such support.

With divisions among the kingmakers, it remains to be seen how the appointment of the king will play out. However, the emerging consensus seems to favour the fact that the next Ooni is expected to be a man of blue blood, with political and international connections, wealthy and must equally be very well educated.



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