Crisis is brewing over the vacant stool of the Ooni of Ife as the Osinkola Ruling House yesterday laid claims to the throne.
The royal house said six of its sons are battle ready from
the five male branches of their House in preparation for contest and
According to the spokesman of the House, Prince Olakunle Aderemi, in
Ile-Ife, yesterday, the choice of Ooni must not be played with and it
needed to be fast-tracked by all stakeholders.
The Osinkola House did not only vowed to produce the next Ooni, but
also said the stool of Ooni should not be for sale as they accused
some aspirants of parading themselves falsely as members of the ruling
In a move considered counter to the claims of the Giesi Ruling House,
Prince Aderemi stressed that there was never any provision for
rotational system among the ruling houses.
He said the entire Osinkola House is committed to producing the next Ooni, adding that the ruling house has worthy and credible sons who can occupy
the vacant stool and bring the desired peace and rapid development
He also noted that during the period of Oba Adesoji Aderemi, Ile-Ife
witnessed tremendous peace and development unmatched by other ruling
houses till date, adding, therefore, that the ruling house has the right to produce
the next Ooni.
Prince Aderemi said Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1980 technically
throws open the contest for the vacant stool of Ooni, while paragraph
6 of 1980 declaration had cancelled the provision in paragraph 5 of
Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957 for rotational system.
Also yesterday, Prince Tajudeen Balogun said there were
inequality in the contest in the past, explaining that while
there was a variation in 1977, another variation was done by Justice
He insisted that the Ooni stool should not be toyed with and
tradition ,customs should be given the rightful place in order to
allow for peace in the land.