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20 Princes Fight For Alaafin Stool

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Twenty princes have shown interest to become the next Alaafin of Oyo, odunews.com reports.

20 Princes Compete For Alaafin Stool
20 Princes Compete For Alaafin Stool

Twenty-eight ruling families from the Agunloye Ruling House have called on the Oyo Mesi (kingmakers) to pick the next from among the princes.

The Head of the Mogaji Isale Oja Agunloye, Abdukareem Ishaq, told PUNCH on Thursday in Oyo that Agunloye gave birth to 29 children and the family of just one of the children, Lawani Agogo Ija, had produced Alaafin three times.

He said it was now the turn of one of the 28 families of Agunloye to produce the next Alaafin.

He said it was now the turn of one of the 28 families of Agunloye to produce the next Alaafin.

He said 20 princes had shown interest to occupy the throne while urging the kingmakers to be fair so that the remaining 28 royal families would not be pushed out from those have the right to occupy the throne.

He said, “It is our turn to produce the next Alaafin and we are calling on the Oyo Mesi to be fair in this case. Those on the other side have been saying it is their turn again and we find this disturbing.

“Alaafin Adelu Agunloye was the first son of Alaafin Abiodun Atiba, established the present Oyo. Agunloye gave birth to 29 children and Alaafin Ajuwo Lawani Agogo Ija family has been the only family producing Alaafin since then and neglecting the other 28.

“The remaining 28 families are: Tela Baba Ilaka; Akee Amulegboja; Agboyin Alayo Ayo; Ajuwon Loja; Tela Irinborogidi; Olanniba Baba Mosalasi; Akee Abanikanda; Afonja (Aburo Abanikanda) and Tela Arowona.

“Others are Afonja Arowona Ile Ilugbenka; Agboyin Arowona; Ajuwo Sanni; Ajuwon Aliyi; Tela Arowojemosa; Tela Ibrahim; Adeoye Ileolokuta and Tela Aseseruogun.

“They also include Tela Adeoti Olusami Lajire; Oyelegnin Ilaka; Tela Isheke; Tela Olookun (Aremoye Agunloye); Tela Lagbaja (Ile Tetu); Adetunji Ile Awonwon; Akadiri Baba Omo Adegboolu; Adeniran Baba Salami Ilaka; Akee Akadiri (Abidekun Agunloye); Tela Iyalamu and Ajuwon Adeniregun.

“Our children have applied to me and they are 20 in number. They are from these 28 families whose turn it is to produce the next Alaafin. I think some may still show their interest but tomorrow (Friday) is the closing date we fixed for submission of application.”

He said the families had princes have excelled in various fields and who have deep knowledge of tradition and culture and the carriage to succeed Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

“Although we are making an appeal now but we are ready to take the case to court if we are sidelined this time round. The three Alaafin produced by the Agunloye Ruling House were from one family. So, they should pick the next Alaafin from one of us.

“Our aim is to further develop Oyo town, we want companies to be established here and to make better for everyone. The state government should also ensure that justice and fairness prevail,” he added.

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