Why Makinde was told to hold wide consultations before approving new Soun – Chief Imam

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Why Makinde was told to hold wide consultations before approving new Soun – Chief Imam

Khalid ABRAHAM

More facts have emerged on why the choice of Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye by the kingmakers as new Soun of Ogbomosoland has not been approved by the Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde.

Prince Ghandi Olaoye

ogbomosoinsightonline.com recalls that Prince Ghandi Olaoye was elected by the kingmakers on March 22 and his name subsequently forwarded to the governor for ratification in line with the chieftaincy laws.

However, the governor neither assented nor objected to the choice. He has refused to say anything, a development that has given rise to tension in the community.

Meanwhile, reasons other than propriety of the nominee or prudence in the process of his nomination, are being adduced for the unnecessary stalemate that now characterizes the process.

Commenting on the matter, Chief Imam of Ogbomosoland, Sheikh Teliat Oluwasina Yinus Ayilara, said that the governor was advised to hold wide consultations before granting approval to the choice of the kingmakers.

Speaking as a guest at an Islamic programme hosted on Friday by the Chief of Staff to Governor Makinde, Chief Segun Ogunwuyi, Sheikh Ayilara pointed out Makinde was emphatically advised during the last Ramadan at a programme in Ibadan not to approve “a nomination not agreeable to us.”

Chief Imam Ayilara at the event

 

He informed how the governor was told to hold wide consultations before granting approval consequently applauding him for withholding ratification since then.

“During the Ramadan when the governor invited us, l spoke on two things,” Ayilara began.

“First, l told him concerning the installation of Soun that he should not just approve anything without adequate consultations.

“That day, many of you thought the governor did not hear me but he did, therefore, we thank our governor that he did not approve who is objectionable to us.

“We will still appeal to him, he should consult our people at home very well, so that whoever is chosen will ignite widespread joy and he too will be happy.

“God that didn’t make him make mistake in that of Olubadan won’t make him make mistake in this one too,” he submitted.

“It’s hoped the governor will soon conclude his ‘consultations’ so that Ogbomoso can have a new Oba, four months is enough to hold consultations,” a concerned indigene noted, while reacting to the Chief Imam’s submission.

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