As the search for the Ooni of Ife heats up, a squabble has erupted between the ruling houses of Osinkola, Giesi and Ogboru on whose turn it is to produce the next traditional ruler.
Speaking at a press meeting, leader of the Osinkola Ruling House, Prince Olakunle Aderemi, explained that their constituency had the right to produce the new Ooni.
According to him, the family would field candidates for the stool because its children were qualified to join the race.
Despite having produced the predecessor to Late Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Prince said Osinkola deserved to produce the new King because the family produced the least number of the Ooni among the four ruling houses.
Aderemi said, “Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1980 technically throws open the contest for filling the stool of Ooni. The provision in paragraph six of 1980 Chieftaincy Declaration had cancelled the provision in paragraph five of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957.
“Osinkola Ruling House is one of the four ruling houses entitled to nominate candidate or candidates for the filling of the vacant stool of the Ooni. Osinkola Ruling Puse comprises of five male branches from which candidate or candidates can be nominated for the vacant stool.
“The ruling house believes in justice, equity and fair play. Osinkola Ruling House is a peace loving one and has always been a catalyst for development in Ile Ife.”
The secretary of the family, Prince Bade Adeyemo, said six contestants had shown interest from the ruling house.