Months after the death of His eminence, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, kings of subordinate towns of the Yoruba ancient kingdom of Ile-Ife have allegedly accused the kingmakers of not being fateful in the process of selecting the next Ooni.
In a statement released by the “New Dawn Ife Kingdom Obas” comprising Oba Layiwola Adereti, Obawara of Iwara, Oba Adesiyan Mayowa, the Eyenla of Amula Ife, and Oba Adeoye Adefarakan, the Oloyere of Oyere- Ife, chairman, secretary and publicity secretary respectively, they said the selection process was unacceptable to them.
The statement reads in part, “We, the entire members of the New Dawn Ife Kingdom Obas are compelled by the recent unfolding events in the Royal Court of Ife, Ile-Ife to make our position clear.
“We take this unique opportunity to explain to the public that the messy situation arising from the purported selection of a new Ooni of Ife as carried out by the so called King-makers after the demise of our highly respected Monarch, His Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, the Ooni of Ife is alarming.
“It is a known fact that a successor to the throne of the Ooni must evolve since there must not be vacuum in the exalted post for long.
“However, in selecting a candidate for the throne, due process must be followed. Starting from the nomination by the Ruling House whose turn it is to produce a candidate for the stool up to his selection by the King-makers, as well as approval by the government.
“We believe that the selection of a new Ooni of Ife by the King-makers should follow the due process as laid down by the combined effect of the 1957 and 1980, Ooni of Ife Chieftaincy Law and Declaration respectively.”
It should be recalled that the death of a leader of the Ife kingmakers, Obalufe of Iremo quarters, Oba Solomon Omisakin, was recently confirmed, which led to speculations that it could lead to a delay in the selection of the next Ooni.