HATFIELD, United Kingdom (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Some indigenes of Oyo town, on Tuesday, protested the delay in the selection of new Alaafin, at the entrance of the Oyo High Court in Awe.
They carried placards with different inscriptions, such as, “Oyo Mesi follow tradition, not money; Alaafin stool is not for sale; On Alaafin: Let dignity reign; Alaafin: Due process, Ife consultation are sacrosanct and a host of others.”
Meanwhile, the High Court sitting in Oyo, Oyo State, on Tuesday, adjourned till Thursday, 2 October, 2023, for hearing a case instituted by five kingmakers against the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, the state Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Matters, as well as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, over the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo.
The Kingmakers in Oyo town, popularly known as Oyo Mesi, had reportedly dragged the governor and two others to Court for aborting the process for the selection/appointment of the candidate for filling the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo.
The claimants are Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, Laguna of Oyo; High Chief Wakeel Oyedepo; Akiniku of Oyo, High Chief Amuda Yusuf; Areago Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Wahab Oyetunji and Alapo of Oyo and Warrant Officer for Alaapini of Oyo, Chief Gbadebo Mufutau, and they were all present in Court.