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Ooni: Fresh trouble erupts in Giesi Ruling House
Late Ooni of Ife: Oba Okunade Sijuwade

Ooni: Fresh trouble erupts in Giesi Ruling House

Fresh crises on Thursday rocked Giesi Ruling House of Ile Ife, Osun State, over alleged manipulation of screening of candidates that showed interest in filing vacant stool of Ooni, even as the screening committee shortlisted four candidates.

The search for the next Ooni has been narrowed to only Giesi Ruling House which has 7 royal families which is made up of:  Moniki Royal Compound; Waniki Royal Compound; Luugba Royal Compound; Debooye Royal Compound; Idu Royal Compound; Idu-Ofin Royal Compound and Agbedegbede Royal Compound.

But six of the seven  families  that make up the Geisi Ruling House have written a protest letter to the Ife Kingmakers alleging that they were short-changed as all the names purportedly selected were from only one family, Agbedegbede Royal Compound.

In a protest letter addressed to the Ife Kingmakers by six of the seven royal families, signed by Venerable Samuel Ishola Ojo from Moniki Roral Compound and Prince Babatunde Olafari Olasaare from Luugba Royal Compound, copies of which were obtained by newsmen, the aggrieved families alleged that the screening exercise was “a one man show.”

They claimed the committee chairman, Professor Adekanye Aderibigbe, alleged conducted the screening alone.

The letter reads in part: “Following the recent receipt of the letters from the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, dated 14th September, 2015 and letter from Ife-East Local Government dated 16th September 2015, we the undersigned representatives from the royal compounds from Giesi Ruling House came together to protest the following anomaly:

“The composition of the screening committee did not reflect the representatives of the entire Royal Compounds that constituted the Giesi Ruling House, as all members of the committee came from only Agbedegbede Royal Compound to make the committee look as if it is only Agbedegbede alone that constituted Giesi Ruling House.

“List of the contestants from different royal compounds within the Giesi Royal House were not made known to all royal compounds concerned or the public.

“The criteria for screening were not spelt out for all and sundry to be abreast or appraised. History concerning other royal compounds within the Giesi Ruling House has been distorted to pave way for Agbedegbede alone to present candidate(s) to the vacant stool of Ooni of Ife.

“It remains a public knowledge that we had earlier subjected our sons in the race to participate in the screening, hoping that the integrity of the committee members will not give room for suspicion. Our calmness, cooperation and tolerance should not be taken for granted, we only believe that Giesi should do things differently and amicably to make Ile-Ife greater again.”

The aggrieved families therefore urged the kingmakers to cancel the earlier screening and called for fresh screening by a new committee that will comprise all the royal compounds in Giesi Ruling House.


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