The regent and Basorun of Oyo, Chief Yussuf Ayoola, on Sunday, 18th September, 2022, disclosed that all the 65 contestants to the Alaafin stool who appeared for an interview recently, are to proceed further in the selection process.
This is as a result of the Oyo Mesi Traditional Council making a U-turn from its earlier announcement of 10 shortlisted candidates for the Alaafin stool, after the rejection of the list by some kingmakers.
Bode Durojaiye, the Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, in a statement, quoted the Basorun as saying the kingmakers had agreed that the remaining process would no longer be restricted to the 10 contestants earlier shortlisted.
The statement reads thus: “All contestants who appeared for the interview are qualified for the next level, which is Ifa consultation, after the meeting of members of the Oyo Mesi.
“Whoever emerges among the aspirants will be the candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo.
“There is no rift among members of the Oyo Mesi contrary to insinuations and misinformation milling around. We are as united as ever.
“Misunderstanding can happen at any given point in time. It is natural. What is important is the amicable resolution so as not to let the misunderstanding degenerate into violence.
“None of the Oyo Mesi members has a favoured aspirant as all the contestants are equal before us. For the umpteenth time, we are conscientious, not money conscious and greedy”, the statement added.
It can be recalled that the Basorun had on Friday, 16th September, 2022, announced that 10 contestants out of the 65 who appeared for the interview, were shortlisted to be further screened by the Ifa oracle.
However, the announcement was rejected by some kingmakers and princes.