One of the contestants jostling to ascend the throne of the Alaafin of Oyo, Adedolapo Atiba-Adediran, has said limiting the selection of potential Alaafin to princes of the Agunloye Ruling House could only create a legal crisis that would slow down the selection process. can slow down.
That’s what Atiba-Adediran said in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday.
He said the race to take the throne was supposed to be open to all ruling families and not just those of the Agunloye Ruling House alone.
He accused Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde of bias in the ongoing selection of a new monarch to succeed Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, just as it was alleged that 58 participants of the Agunloye Ruling House had been acquitted, while 61 participants of other ruling families outside Agunloye had been disqualified.
The head of the princes in Oyo (Baba Iyaji) was called by our correspondent, but he declined the call.
A text message sent to him confirming or denying the claims was yet to be answered at the time this report was filed.
Atiba-Adediran said the governor must abide by the 1976 Chieftaincy Declaration or be ready for legal action on the matter, as those allegedly sidelined were unwilling to see their rights trampled upon.
He said: ‘All the descendants of Atiba have a right to the throne. The race is open to all of us because the 1976 Alaafin Chieftaincy Declaration stated that there is one Atiba Ruling House and that all are Atiba descendants. The throne is not intended for just two families, namely the Agunloye and Alowolodu families.
“Agunloye happened to be the first son of Atiba and the fourth son is Alowolodu. The descendants of the two have occupied the throne, but the stool isn’t just for their families.
“The ascension of children from these two families to the throne has been made possible by certain circumstances. So the throne is not their exclusive right, it is intended for anyone who is a descendant of Alaafin Atiba. This is supported by the 1976 Declaration.
A copy of a letter titled, ‘Restart of the Administration Process to Fill Alaafin’s Vacant Seat’ by the Chairman of Atiba Local Government Area of Oyo State, and addressed to Baba Iyaji (Head of the Princes) instructed him to contact the Agunloye Ruling House regarding the selection of the Crown Prince from the ruling house.