New Ooni of Ife may emerges in 24 hours
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan
There are strong indications that the name of a new Ooni of Ife may be announced by the Ife Kingmakers in the next 24 hours, as New Nigerian was reliably informed by sources close to the Ooni’s palace Sunday that the name of the new Ooni is to be announced between Sunday and early Monday.
New Nigerian was authoritatively informed by Palace sources who do not want their names in print that the new Ooni is to emerge from the Giesi ruling house. This is said to be mandated by the Osun State Government through its Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs in line with the Ife Chieftaincy laws.
Investigations by our reporter revealed that all the Ife High Chiefs comprising mainly of the Kingmakers are in last minute crucial meeting to finalise the formal announcement of the new Ooni as at Sunday afternoon.
As a result, security has been beefed up in the ancient town with the deployment of more security personnel as the people of the town await the announcement.
It will be recalled that an Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo last Friday dismissed a suit challenging the competence of the Ooni of Ife 1980 Chieftaincy Declaration. The Ife Kingmakers are relying on this ruling by asking the Giesi Ruling House to present the successor to the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade.
The Lafogido Ruling House through Sooko Adegoke and Prince Marcus Adebola Akimoyero had approached the court to stop Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the Obalufe of Ile-Ife; Oba Solomon Omisakin (now late) and the Lowa of Ife; Chief Joseph Ijaodola from ensuring that only Giesi Ruling House present the next Ooni.
The plaintiffs asked the Court to set aside the 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration which they described as “lopsided, unjust, unconstitutional and unfair.”
Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, in her judgment said the plaintiffs’ litigation was belated as the declaration was made on September 14, 1979 and registered on January 28, 1980.
The judge said the Lafogido Ruling House should have filed their objection within five years of the registration of the declaration, and the suit was accordingly dismissed.