Only the Giesi Ruling House is eligible to produce the next Ooni of Ife, 16 kingmakers declared in a statement on Monday. Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Obalufe of Ife, Oba Solomon Omisakin, said they (kingmakers) relied on the 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration to arrive at the decision.
” We the 16 traditional rulers making up kingmakers by Ife traditional rules and customs hereby unanimously declare and affirm and confirm that 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration is the one in existence now and we affirm as follows: “Section 19 subsection a (3) that it is the turn of the Giesi Ruling House to present a candidate/ candidates for the vacant stool of the Ooni of Ife Chieftaincy. Omisakin urged other three ruling houses to wait until it is their turn to rule, while pleading with the people of the town to maintain peace. He said the next Ooni will emerge in 40 days.