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Ooni Stool: Lafogido Defend Court Action, Accuse Osun Govt, Kingmakers Of Favoritism

Posted: Sep 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo


As the selection process for a new Ooni of Ife assumed legal dimensions, the main challenger to the throne, the Lafogido Ruling House, at the weekend accused the state government and Ife traditional chiefs and kingmakers of ignoring the 1992 Justice Adewale Babalakin Panel of Inquiry on the Ife Chieftaincy Stool, when they (government and kingmakers) asked the Giesi Ruling House to present candidate(s) to fill the stool of Ooni of Ile-Ife.

The head of Sookoo of Lafogido Ruling House, Chief Adeleke Adewoyin, made the accusation while fielding questions from newsmen on the legal action instituted by the family restraining the government and kingmakers from going ahead with the selection until the determination in the case in the court.

He also accused late Oba Adesoji Aderemi of Osinkola Ruling House for masterminding the current crisis with the creation of more ruling houses that are not known to the two major existing royal linages, Lajodogun and Lajamisan.

Adewoyin stated that Lafogido, who is the elder brother to Lajodogun, which produced Osinkola, Ogboru and Giesi houses, had been marginalised for long, since Lafogido reigned last as Ooni of Ife in 1930.

“In 1992, there was an attempt calling on the government to re-arrange and address the lopsidedness in the ascendancy to the throne of Ooni, because Justice Babalakin, in his recommendations on the review, put it down in black and white that he was presented with conflicting information about the historical background of Lajamisan, that the best thing the government should do is to call all the ruling houses together.

“In view of all the researches that have been carried out in the Ife history, when the first declaration on the stool of Ooni was made, there would appear to be an urgent need for all the ruling houses in Ife to meet, discuss and agree on the number of Lajamisan’s children, the outcome of their meeting will dictate whether or not there is necessity to amend the present Ooni of Ife chieftaincy declaration, the commission therefore recommend to the state government to cause this to be done. That is a document already with the government since 1992, after the 1980 which they are now relying on.

“In Lafogido, we also have five linage and if government wants to do it, if the Lajamisan should be divided into three, then let Lafogido be divided into five and all together should make eight and the stool can then be rotated among the eight ruling houses. But that does not make sense in Ife.

“Lafogido has been following the tradition and custom of Ile-Ife and noticed that all the kings that have reign in Ife except Giesi are direct descendants of Lafogido and Lajamisan who are from male linage. We have not install anybody from female linage,” he said.

On why the ruling house resorted to legal battle, Adewoyin described it as the wise decision saying that it would allow all interested parties to have a look at the matter again.

“The Ooni of Ife stool is not just for Ife alone, the two monarchs that have passed have elevated the status so high and it will be bad for someone without any good pedigree to occupy the stool, what Lafogido is doing is for the benefit of the entire Yoruba race; if we fold our arms and put a stupid man there, he would embarrass everybody. It is for every one of us including the media to look into the matter and see all those people who claim they are qualified,” he said.