The move to fill the vacant stool of Ooni of Ile-Ife may have been in the lull, investigation has shown.
This action was connected to both internal and external crisis that has engulfed the process of selecting and screening of candidate(s) to fill the vacant stool.
The Osun State government and Ife Kingmakers had agreed and affirmed that Giesi Ruling House should present candidate(s) to fill the stool in compliance with 1979/80 declaration.
It was also revealed that after the state government had conveyed its decision and resolution directing the local government council to write a letter asking Giesi Ruling House to present candidate for the vacant stool, the decision triggered reactions as other ruling houses – Lafogido and Osinkola Ruling Houses – have taken legal action challenging the decision and affirmation.
However, apart from the the suit in court, the Giesi Ruling House has been enmeshed in crisis, thus stalling the selection and screening processes of candidates presented by the ruling house.
The eight royal compounds within Giesi Ruling House are at present at loggerhead on where and how the candidate should emerge.
Few weeks ago, no fewer than 35 names had been forwarded to the Ife Kingmakers and Ife Local Government Council by all the eight royal compound with Agbedegbede royal compound having 22 candidates out of the entire list before the kingmakers while others either have one or two candidates.
THISDAY also noted that seven out of the eight royal compounds in Giesi royal compounds have teamed up kicking against the list of names forwarded to the kingmakers.
Also, the Moniki; Obiri; Luugba and Idu Oladere royal compound are having only one candidate each, Idu and Maniki are having three candidates while the remaining 22 is from Agbedegbede royal compounds.
Consequently, about seven royal compounds have kicked against the presentation of 35 names to the kingmakers for consideration claiming that the exercise was skewed to favour a particular royal compound which is Agbedegbede.
Speaking on the crisis yesterday within Giesi Ruling House, Venerable Ishola Ojo from Moniki royal compound confirmed the crisis, saying the process had been stalled because it had been wrong and unacceptable to all the seven out of eight royal compounds within Giesi Ruling House.
Ojo who accused the Chairman of the screening committee, Professor Aderibigbe, of attempting to thwart history and rubbish the stool, added that Aderibigbe played on the hegemony and ignorance of other royal compounds.
Ojo stressed that a protest letter had been addressed to the Ife Kingmakers by seven royal families, urging them to discountenance with the list allegedly submitted to them.
He alleged that the screening exercise was a one-man show “as the Chairman of the committee, Professor Aderibigbe, single handedly dominated the scene.
The protest letter read in part: “Following the recent receipt of the letters from the Ministry of Local Government Area and Chieftaincy Affairs, dated September 14, 2015, and letter from Ife-East Local Government dated September 16, 2015, we the undersigned representatives from the royal compounds from Giesi Ruling House come 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. Also it was discovered that 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.
Ojo therefore urged the state government to as a matter of urgency discard the list and properly constitute fresh screening committee that have the true picture of all royal compounds of Giesi Ruling House in the interest of peace.
He also urged the state government to as a matter of urgency throw away the list and call for a fresh screening by a new committee, saying the problem would continue.