Alaafin throne: Ruling Families tell Kingmakers to choose from Agunloye

Twenty eight ruling families from the Agunloye Ruling House have enjoined the Kingmakers (Oyo Mesi) to select the next Alaafin of Oyo among the Princes from the families.

According to report, twenty Princes from the Ruling Families have shown interest just as the deadline set for the submission of applications end today.

The Head of the Mogaji Isale Oja Agunloye, Abdukareem Ishaq, stated that Agunloye birthed 29 children and the family of just one of the children, Lawani Agogo Ija, had produced Alaafin, three times.

He said that the kingship now roll in the court of the 28 families of Agunloye to produce the next Alaafin.

Twenty Princes had applied for the stool, urging the kingmakers to be fair so that the remaining 28 royal families would not be pushed out of their rights.

“It is our turn to produce the next Alaafin and we are calling on the Oyo Mesi to be fair in this case. Those on the other side have been saying it is their turn again and we find this disturbing.

Alaafin Adelu Agunloye was the first son of Alaafin Abiodun Atiba, who established the present Oyo. Agunloye gave birth to 29 children and Alaafin Ajuwo Lawani Agogo Ija family has been the only family producing Alaafin since then and neglecting the other 28.

The remaining 28 families are: Tela Baba Ilaka; Akee Amulegboja; Agboyin Alayo Ayo; Ajuwon Loja; Tela Irinborogidi; Olanniba Baba Mosalasi; Akee Abanikanda; Afonja (Aburo Abanikanda) and Tela Arowona.

Others are Afonja Arowona Ile Ilugbenka; Agboyin Arowona; Ajuwo Sanni; Ajuwon Aliyi; Tela Arowojemosa; Tela Ibrahim; Adeoye Ileolokuta and Tela Aseseruogun.

They also include Tela Adeoti Olusami Lajire; Oyelegnin Ilaka; Tela Isheke; Tela Olookun (Aremoye Agunloye); Tela Lagbaja (Ile Tetu); Adetunji Ile Awonwon; Akadiri Baba Omo Adegboolu; Adeniran Baba Salami Ilaka; Akee Akadiri (Abidekun Agunloye); Tela Iyalamu and Ajuwon Adeniregun.

Our children have applied to me and they are 20 in number.  They are from these 28 families whose turn it is to produce the next Alaafin. I think some may still show their interest but tomorrow (Friday) is the closing date we fixed for submission of application.”

Mogaji equally stated that the families had knowledgeable Princes on traditions, culture and the agility to succeed the former, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, of Alowolodu Ruling House.

“Although we are making an appeal now but we are ready to take the case to court if we are sidelined this time around. The three Alaafin produced by the Agunloye Ruling House were from one family. So, they should pick the next Alaafin from one of us.

Our aim is to further develop Oyo town, we want companies to be established here and to make life better for everyone. The state government should also ensure that justice and fairness prevail,” he added.

However, it should be recalled that the throne became vacant following the death of Oba Adeyemi on April 22 at the age of 83.