*Says it’s important to Yorubaland
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Friday, disclosed that the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo is not for sale.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Iseyin campus of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), in Iseyin, the governor vowed to do everything possible to protect the stool.
The governor warned that all those allegedly collecting money from any of the contestants to the Alaafin’s stool should without wasting time, refund as he is ready to follow due process on the selection of a new Alaafin.
Gov Makinde said all those that might have allegedly collected money from any of the contestants to the Alaafin’s stool without wasting time, go and refund such money as he is ready to follow due process on the selection of a new Alaafin, saying any one collecting money because of the stool will be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).
Tasking those fighting the Alaafin stool to embrace peace, the governor said doing so, will be a lot easier for someone to be selected as the next Alaafin, saying, anyone who might have collected any money from any contenders for the stool, such a person will be made to face the wrath of the law.
“And before I leave here, some people are abusing me that I have not chosen some monarchs. I have chosen that of Iseyin and I look forward to coming back for the coronation and the presentation of instrument of office to the new Aseyin. You people in Oyo, you can see now that we have linked Iseyin with Oyo and it will take 22 minutes”, he said.
Gov Makinde added, ” You too should stop fighting so that we can have peace to choose the new Alaafin. Some people might have collected money from someone, Alaafin stool is not for sale. It is so important to Yorubaland that we won’t sell it”
“Anyone who might have gone to collect money, I won’t take them to OYACA, I will take them to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the man who started the EFCC is here seated and I am saying in his presence.”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking at the commissioning, lauded Governor Makinde ” for doing well ” in the office, saying by reelecting him for a second term in office, the people of Oyo State did not waste their votes.
Chief Obasanjo commended the governor for all his efforts, especially in the area of road construction, saying the importance of good road network to economic development cannot be over-emphasized.
The former President said with the projects embarked upon and completed by the governor, he has set a standard for good governance in the country.