Oni Stool: Real Reason Aregbesola Summoned Ife Kingmakers Revealed

ooni palace ile ooduaOsun state Governor Rauf Argebesola summoned Ife kingmakers to a meeting, last Friday, based on security reports on impending violence over the vacant Ooni stool, Chief Ijaodola, one of the kingmakers said. Ijaodola, the Lowa of Ife, said the governor told the 13 of the 16 Ife chiefs at the meeting his fears and urged them to maintain peace in the town. He also stated the governor told them that the selection of a successor to late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade was their (chiefs) prerogative and that he had no preferred candidate among the princes. Ijaodola said after sounding them out, the governor invited the permanent secretary, Ministry of Local Government Affairs to read out the position of the Law regarding the succession to the Ooni stool, after which they departed. Ijaodola named among officials at the meeting Moshood Olalekan Adeoti, the secretary to the state government (SSG), Gboyega Oyetola, the chief of staff (COS), Mufutau Oluwadare, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and a representative of the Justice Ministry.The Ife chief clarified the issue of the meeting at a press conference in Ile-Ife, on Sunday. With him were  Chief Adekola Adeyeye, the Jaaran of Ife, Oba Sakaniyawu Adewusi, the Obaloran, Ilode Quarters, Ife, Oba Zacheus, the Wasin of Ilare Quarters, Ile-Ife, Oba Jimoh Arifayo Awe, Arode of Ile-Ife, Oba Arasanmi, Erebese of Ile-Ife, Oba Adebowale Olafare, the Lowate of Ile-Ife and Idowu Salami, the Traditional Secretary to the Ooni of Ile-Ife.

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