Soun controversy: Makinde causing unnecessary dilemma – Niyi Ojo, Baptists head 

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New Soun: Makinde causing unnecessary dilemma – Niyi Ojo, head of Baptists

Femi OGUNLANA

 

Niyi Ojo

The impasse over the emergence of a new monarch in Ogbomoso, more than seven months after the demise of the last occupier, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, JP, CON, CFR, who died on December 12, 2021, has been described as uncalled for.

“The name (Soun-nominee) has been submitted, we don’t know why the governor is delaying the approval. But we are encouraging him with all seriousness that he should approve the nomination that has been put forward to him. He should not put the whole city into that kind of dilemma. We are seriously in a dilemma.”

Seyi Makinde

The above are the words of the president of Ogbomoso Baptist Conference, Rev’d Dr. Thomas Niyi Ojo, while speaking with ogbomosoinsightonline.com at the 50th birthday ceremony of Minister-in-Charge of Oore-Ofe Baptist Church, Ogbomoso, Rev’d Dr. Sola Lawal, on Saturday.

Expressing deep concern he disclosed the Christian community is seriously praying for the matter to be resolved in time.

“We don’t know what is at stake, but sincerely speaking, Christians have been praying and we are trusting God that everything will work well for our city, Ogbomoso,” he submitted.

The Baptist’s Chief Executive Officer wondered why the delay would come from the side of the governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, when the kingmakers had completed their own assignment and there is no proof of breach of procedure in the selection.

“We thank God the afobajes (kingmakers) did not give him two names. He is given only one name, he should go ahead and approve the name that had been given to him. That is my advice to him. He should go ahead and approve the candidate nominated, which is on his table. I pray that the Lord will help him to do so.”

The suggestion that “perhaps the governor will disapprove of the name submitted to him,” met with stern disapproval from him as he noted, “I wouldn’t see the reason he should disapprove because when you follow the procedure that was taken to arrive at the nominee that was given to him, I didn’t see any abnormality in it, he should go ahead and grant approval, there shouldn’t be any need to disapprove.”

He pointed out why the disapproval of the nomination without just cause is undesirable, “The question is if he disapproves, how many more months will it take again before another candidate will come up and we will have a king in our land?”

 

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