Kingmakers submit Ghandi Olaoye’s name to Makinde as new Soun

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The kingmakers have submitted the name of Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye to the Oyo state governor Engr Seyi Makinde as Soun-elect, can authoritatively confirm.

Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye

Therefore, the last stage of the arduous process is the granting of seal of final approval to the nomination by the governor.
The source who confirmed the news to stated that the name of Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye was conveyed to the governor personally by the chairman of Ogbomoso North local government, Hon Kabiru Akanji Ayoade, in accordance with the Oyo State Chiefs Law.
The news was first broken by on Tuesday that Ghandi Olaoye, a US-based businessman and pastor, emerged as Soun-elect following the interview conducted for 25 candidates in the morning of Tuesday, March 22 by the kingmakers.
Ghandi along with Prince Surajudeen Lawal Olaoye reportedly scaled the 1st round of the interview conducted by the kingmakers led by Areago of Ogbomosoland, High Chief Sobaloju Otolorin; Jagun, High Chief Salawu Ajadi; Bara, High Chief Tijani Abioye; and Ikolaba, High Chief Adeniran Ojo (the kingmakers are actually six but the Balogun recently died while Abese, High Chief Yusuf Kasali Oladipo who got installed about two years ago was said not to have been allowed to participate on the ground that his certificate of chieftaincy had not been granted him by the government).

The kingmakers, who participated in the election of the Soun-elect, from right: Areago, Jagun, Bara and Ikolaba

The two i.e. Princes Ghandi and Surajudeen were subsequently considered in a vigorous manner before the former was eventually announced late in the evening of Tuesday March 22 as the successful candidate and successor to the late monarch, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III JP CON CFR.
This however did not go down well with a section of the Olaoye Ruling House which is to fill the vacancy, the aggrieved section claiming that Ghandi was not one of the eleven candidates the family’s chieftaincy screening committee sent to the kingmakers and should not have been invited for the screening by the kingmakers not to talk of emerging.
It is learnt meanwhile that series of petitions had emanated from the aggrieved members including five of the eleven aspirants to Governor Makinde, praying the governor not to grant approval to the nomination.
As it stands now the buck stops at the table of Engr Seyi Makinde.

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