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One of the kingmakers and Laguna of Oyo, High Chief Akindele Oyedepo had cleared the air over the emergence of the new Allafun of Oyo,saying, the kingmakers had made recommendations to Oyo state government since October, 2022.
Oyedepo said the new Alaafin would emerge from the Agunloye ruling house.
This came exactly one year after the monarch passed on in April 2022.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III passed away on April 22, 2022 at the age of 83.
He reigned for 52 years before he passed away.
There had been growing concerns over the delay in the appointment of a new Alaafin, one year after Adeyemi passed on.
Findings showed that his demise stalled the appointment of a new Chief Imam for the town, as only the Alaafin could make such appointments.
He stated, “We have done our part since October last year. It remains the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, to announce the next Alaafin.
We have concluded and given the state government our recommendation.
Government representative was there during the process for the selection of the new Alaafin of Oyo.
“What we studied or observed was the cordial relationship between the governor and the immediate past Alaafin. The relationship might be the cause. The governor was deeply shocked by the incident. It might be the cause of the delay. Maybe the governor is still mourning him. That may be the reason why he has not announced the new monarch for the town.”
Asked if there was any time frame for a new Alaafin to be named, Laguna explained that there was no time limit for a replacement to be named.
He said before the late Adeyemi, there were Alaafins who ascended the exalted seats of their forefathers after three to six years.
The State Government has said that the appointment of a new Alaafin of Oyo is ongoing.
The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, disclosed this
The commissioner, however, stated that the public would be notified after the process was completed.
He stated, “The process for the appointment of Alaafin is ongoing. As soon as the process is completed, you will be aware. As soon as it is completed, the public will be in the know.”
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