Crisis looms over new Soun as kingmakers reportedly decide

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There are reports that the kingmakers in Ogbomoso have decided on the choice of a new Soun. reported earlier that the kingmakers led by Areago High Chief Sobaloju Otolorin considered today aspirants vying for the vacant stool of Soun in a screening held behind closed doors at the Ogbomoso Palace.
There was palpable tension in the vicinity with many security agents on ground to prevent any breach of law and order.
There were also journalists but who were barred from entering the venue and were not briefed after the exercise.
However, learnt that the name of the Soun-elect had been arrived at which is still being kept to the chest. The name is expected to be forwarded to the Oyo state governor Engr Seyi Makinde for ratification.
Nonetheless, information reaching indicated that some members of the Laoye Ruling House, whose turn it is produce the next Soun are expressing grievances over the turn of event.
There are those according to findings who are claiming that the name of the candidate chosen was not in the list sent to the kingmakers but this could not be confirmed as at the time of filing this report.
“So, there may be protests tomorrow to demonstrate their disatisfactions,” a source informed.
Also, there are indications that various interest groups are considering instituting court cases over the development.
“There is the 1958 extant law on eligibility of a new Soun which confers eligibility only on direct sons and grandsons of a former Soun. It is not clear whether this criterion is met in the emergence of the new Oba and if not there are those who would commence legal actions immediately,” another source stated.
The number of kingmakers who participated in the process today is also not clear. Of the six kingmakers only five are on ground as the Balogun recently died. It is also said that Abese, High Chief Yusuf Oladipo, could not participate in the exercise on the ground that he had not yet received his certificate of chieftaincy from the government having just been installed, less than three years ago. Also, the Ikolaba, another of the kingmakers is also battling a court case over his right to the position, in fact the matter is in the Appeal Court having lost in the lower court.
“Nothing is certain as at present but the horizon is not looking good,” an informed source submitted

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