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New Alafin of Oyo: Gov Makinde Urged To Follow Due Process

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has been advised to follow due process in choosing the new Alafin of Oyo.

The advise was made known in a statement by Professor Ishaq Akintola, Executive Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Wednesday.

The seat of the Alafin of Oyo has been vacant since April 2022 when the death of Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III was announced.

Although, the kingmakers – Oyomesi had nominated Prince Lukman Adelodun Gbadegesin to take over after kicking against Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu’s nomination.

It was gathered that the governor received the nomination of Prince Gbadegesin since October 4, 2022.

Meanwhile, MURIC in its advise urged the governor to allow the choice of the people prevail by announcing Prince Gbadegesin as the next Alaafin of Oyo without any delay.

“The authentic kingmakers of Oyo who are known as Oyomesi have kicked against the nomination of Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu who is 85 years old for lack of due process.

“A document published in various newspapers two days ago and signed by the seven Oyomesi revealed that the candidate duly selected by the rightful kingmakers of the ancient town is Prince Lukman Adelodun Gbadegesin.

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“The Oyomesi group affirmed that it had forwarded the name of Prince Gbadegesin to the governor since Oct.4, 2022,” he said.

Akintola added: ”According to them, the Bashorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade Ayoola wrongfully picked another candidate, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu and filed a suit against them in court but he lost the case.

“This implies that the Alaafin throne has been vacant for almost one and a half years. We urge Makinde to make hay while the sun shines. It is now time to announce the name of the candidate picked by the Oyomesi and backed by the court’s pronouncement.

“Archbishop Ladigbolu’s attempt to come through the backdoor to the throne of the Alaafin of Oyo is illegal, illegitimate, unlawful and unconstitutional.

”Communal clashes which claim hundreds of lives and destroy properties worth billions of naira will be avoided if state governors respect the rule of law and follow due process. Vested interest from official circles in matters relating to tradition often end in tragedies.

“Tongues are wagging, not only in Oyo town but in the whole state as well as in the whole South West. This time around, Makinde has to prove that the label given to him as the governor who likes to install Christians only as Yoruba kings is unsuitable for him.”

“This year alone, it happened in Ogbomosho where a Redeemed Church pastor, Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye, was crowned as king and in Iseyin where another pastor, David Olawale Oyebola has emerged the Aseyin.

“As a peace-loving and dialogue-inclined human rights organization, MURIC urges the state governor to allow the choice of the authentic kingmakers of Oyo town to prevail by announcing Prince Lukman Adelodun Gbadegesin as the next Alaafin of Oyo without any delay.”

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