All eyes on Makinde as he is set to announce new Soun
Barring any last minute change, the announcement of the Soun-elect will be made this week by the Oyo state governor Engr Seyi Makinde, this is according to information reaching ogbomosoinsightonline.com.
“The governor has been wary of rushing into making any pronouncement on the matter in view of the tension the choice of Prince Ghandi Olaoye by the kingmakers initially generated.
“You know the Laoye Ruling House at first rose against his selection and wrote strong petitions to the governor condemning his choice just as religious sentiment was introduced by some interested parties.
“All these made the governor to hesitate on taking any hurried action on the matter to allow the government assess the situation more carefully. You know the governor is a politician and he has to be careful of his decisions so that he will not offend any interest.
“Now that the Laoye family has mellowed their opposition through a pronouncement by the head of the family Prince Olawole Olaoye (JP), that Prince Ghandi is indeed qualified and eligible and that he supports his choice and a lot more people have accepted the choice of the kingmakers the time has become auspicious for the declaration by the state’s helmsman.”
It is gathered that the revelation by the head of the kingmakers, High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin, in an interview published by ogbomosoinsightonline.com also helped to shed light on the matter and dispel some of the rumours that provoked confusion.
It is also learnt that the head of Laoye family Prince Olawole Olaoye had subsequently written a letter to Engr. Seyi Makinde expressing support for the choice of Ghandi asserting the kingmakers used the best practice to arrive at his name.
The Mogaji also reportedly affirmed in the letter that the kingmakers chose the best candidate and so urged the governor to quickly approve the choice of Ghandi.
But nobody (or perhaps only a few privileged individuals) knows how the governor will end the logjam whether to order a fresh selection exercise or announce Ghandi in accordance with the decision of the kingmakers even as the people of Ogbomoso and beyond eagerly await the installation of a new monarch.
“We have been without an Oba for about four months now, this is inauspicious, let them expedite action on the process, we want a new Oba. There are many qualified, quality candidates in the Laoye family but only one will emerge. Whoever emerges should be supported, it should be considered as the will of God. Fighting that is tantamount to fighting destiny or God,” an indigene who preferred anonymity stated.
Before the middle of this week the sound of “Iwo n papa, iwo n na,” is expected to break forth or perhaps the waiting game continues.
All eyes are now on the governor for the final endorsement.