Update on new Soun: Selection process enters crucial stage

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Femi OGUNLANA
Though the process for the selection of the new Soun of Ogbomosoland was particularly affected by the transition of Ogbomoso nay Oyo state political gladiator, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, which sad event took place on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the process has reached a very crucial stage, grinding slowly to its terminal point.

The late Soun in his younger days


ogbomosoinsightonline.com reported earlier that twenty one aspirants purchased the expression of interest form to indicate their intent to emerge the next Soun (though it is not clear whether the twenty second aspirant has succeeded in buying the form), further investigations have revealed that the 21 princes come from seven of the ten lineages (or families) of the Laoye Ruling House of Soun Dynasty.
A breakdown shows that 4 are from Kapelaye lineage, 4 from Bayewuwon, 5 from Aremo, 5 from Bode, and one from each of Aribaba, Farayola and Alatipo. The three others did not have any prince showing interest.”
To prune down the number each of the seven lineages had now been requested to present only one candidate thus seven will eventually be screened from whom the family nominees will be passed to the kingmakers for final selection.
Our source said, “Twenty princes bought forms to make known their interest to contest for the throne of Soun.
“They are all eligible. Meanwhile there are ten lineages in Laoye Ruling House but out of these only seven have aspirants who collected forms.
“However the family elders have asked each of the families to nominate only one candidate each who will slug it out with others.”
The source added, “A meeting would have been held last Thursday but the sudden death of former Governor Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala last Wednesday thwarted holding of the meeting. Hopefully, the process will pick up once again as the people get over the shock of Alao-Akala’s death.”
Who succeeds the former Soun Oba (Dr) Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III JP, CON, CFR, who joined his ancestors on Sunday January 12, 2021, at the age of 95, has been generating interest especially when it is considered that the last occupier of the exalted throne, Oba Oyewumi made significant impact in both the areay of improving the status of the throne and contributing development-wise to Ogbomosoland.
Thus the people of Ogbomoso have been clamouring for the emergence of a monarch who will be greater than Oba Oyewumi in terms of love for the town as well as forp the people and who would be able to muster courage, connections and influence to facilitate development to the city.

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