The Head of Oyo Princes (Baba Iyaji of Oyo), Chief Mukaila Afonja, has submitted the names of 86 contestants for the vacant stool of the Alaafin of Oyo to the Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yussuf Ayoola who doubles as the regent of the town.
Basorun was said to have summoned an emergency meeting of all members of the Oyo Traditional Council ( Oyo Mesi) on the development upon the receipt of the names.
The Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, Bode Durojaiye, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Thursday.
The statement read,
“In attendance at the meeting was the Chairperson, Atiba Local Government, Alhaja Kafilat.
“At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that all the contestants should, as a matter of utmost concern, attend a peace meeting on Saturday, 3rd of September, 2022, at the Agbala Ogun Hall, in the Palace.”
The statement reads further;
“Thereafter, from next week Monday the 4th till Thursday, the 8th of September, 2022, 10 contestants will appear for interview on daily basis.
“There will be a break on Friday, as no interview will take place, to pave the way for the Jumat service.
“The interview will resume on Monday, the 12th and last till the 15th of September, 2022.”
The throne became vacant following the death of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi who reigned for 52 years and died on April 22 at the age of 83.