Oracle to pick new Alaafin from 65 aspirants –Kingmakers 

Alaafin Palace

The Oyo Mesi Traditional Council said it is not in their power to pick the next Alaafin of Oyo, but that of the Oracle. 

The stool became vacant following the death of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi. 

Sixty-five princes turned up for the interview for the exalted position conducted by the Oyo Mesi, the kingmakers.  

In a statement attributed to the regent and Basorun of Oyo, Chief Yussuf Ayoola, and released by Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, Bode Durojaiye, the decision to choose one out of the 65 contenders resides with the oracle, Ifa. 

The statement reads in part,  “All contestants who appeared for the interview are qualified for the next level, which is Ifa consultation, after the meeting of members of the Oyo Mesi. 

 “Whoever emerges among the aspirants will be the candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo. 

 “There is no rift among members of the Oyo Mesi contrary to insinuations and misinformation milling around. We are as united as ever. Misunderstanding can happen at any given point in time. It is natural. What is important is the amicable resolution so as not to let the misunderstanding degenerate into violence. 

“None of the Oyo Mesi members has a favoured aspirant as all the contestants are equal before us. For the umpteenth time, we are conscientious, not money conscious and greedy.” 


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