Nine royal families, who are descendants of Alaafin Abiodun Atiba in Oyo town, have appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State not to approve the appointment of a new Alaafin of Oyo until the ongoing court case is resolved.
The nine royal families made this disclosure while addressing a press conference on Saturday at Akinmoorin town near Oyo.
The families are; Adeitan family, Olanite family, Tella Agbojulogun, Tella Okitipapa family, Adediran Ese Apata family, Adesokan Baba Idode family, Adesiyan family, Abidekun family and Adelabu Baba Ibadan family.
DAILY POST reports that the Alaafin of Oyo stool became vacant as a result of the transition of the 45th Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Atanda Olayiwola Adeyemi III, who joined his ancestors in April 2022.
Our correspondent gathered that the selection process of the new Alaafin is ongoing.
The nine royal families have, however, maintained that it will be unfair to appoint a new Alaafin while the court case is still pending.
The nine royal families were represented by Prince Adesina Afolabi (Adeitan family), Prince Lamola Olanite (Olanite family), Prince Nureni Taiwo (Tella Agbojulogun family), Prince Remi Azeez (Tella Okitipapa family), Prince Raji Adediran (Adediran Ese Apata family), Prince Muftau Adejare Adesokan (Adesokan Baba Idode family), Prince Adesiyan (Adesiyan family) Prince Bello Rasheed (Abidekun family) and Prince Agboin Adelabu Adelabu Baba Ibadan family at the press conference.
Their spokesman, Prince Adesina Afolabi, explained that the families have been marginalised in the appointment of the Alaafin over the years.
He added that the nine royal families have approached a court of law to challenge the chieftaincy declaration of the Alaafin stool.
He enjoined the governor to refrain from taking any further action regarding the selection of a new Alaafin until the court case that has been filed against the chieftaincy declaration of the Alaafin is resolved.
“We are using this opportunity to thank the governor for his commitment to promoting good governance, transparency and accountability in our state. We urge him to continue to prioritise the well-being lf the people and always uphold the rule of law in all matters.
“In essence, the request is for the Governor of Oyo State to refrain from taking any further action regarding the selection of a new Alaafin until the court case that has been filed against the chieftaincy declaration of the Alaafin is resolved.
“It would be unfair to appoint a new Alaafin while the court case is still pending. It is essential that Governor Makinde prioritises the resolution of the court case before any action is taken with regard to the appointment of a new Alaafin. This will ensure that the process is transparent, fair and just as required by the law”.