An octogenarian Prince of Ile-Ife in Osun State, from the Giesi ruling house, Pa. Peter Adetola Ogunleye, has warned stakeholders in the town and other interested parties in the selection and appointment of Ooni of Ife against bribery, saying Ooni’s stool is not for sale.
Pa Ogunleye, who contested for the stool in 1980 after the demise of Oba Adesoji Aderemi but lost to Oba Okunade Sijuwade, declared that the Giesi ruling house would ensure that a member of the ruling house emerges as the next Ooni of Ife.
Also, Ogunleye raised the alarm over alleged plan by some individuals, who are not rightful children of the Giesi’s dynasty to contest for the stool from the ruling house.
He said the family has commenced serious scrutiny to determine the rightful Princes from the ruling house, entitled to contest for the vacant stool of the Ooni of Ife.
According to him, the rotational system introduced in 1957 by late Oba Aderemi among the four ruling houses in the town and endorsed by the defunct Western Region government allows the Giesi ruling house to produce the next traditional ruler for the ancient town.
Also, Prince Ogunleye disclosed that the 1976 chieftaincy declaration and the report of the Justice Adenekan Ademola panel of inquiry recognize rotational system among the four ruling houses in the ancient town.
He pointed out that the Giesi ruling house is next to Ogboru, which produced late Oba Sijuwade who reigned for 35 years after Oba Aderemi of the Oshinkola ruling house who reigned for 50 years.
Ogunleye, who is a lawyer, said the Giesi ruling house produced an Ooni of Ife over 100 years ago, hence its resolve to ensure that the rotational order which favours it is respected by all the stakeholders in the town.
He said, “Ile-Ife is a town with rich culture, history and customs.
That is why we will not allow any one or group of people to rubbish our history. Ile-Ife needs an Ooni who will be an Omoluabi, an Ooni who will empower his subjects and not just feed them.”
Prince Ogunleye who declared that the state government would determine the next Ooni of Ife, maintained that the family will not sell its right to non member of the family.
Also, he hinted that the family will ensure that limited Princes contest for the stool from the ruling house to ensure that a member of the family emerge as the next Ooni of Ife.
However, he disclosed that a popular contestant for the stool, Dr Rahmon Adedoyin is not a member of the Giesi ruling house as he claimed, saying only those from the male lineage are recognized as genuine children of the family.
Also, he denied allegation that some elders of the Giesi ruling house had been bribed to sell the family’s right to other ruling houses, saying the family is united and could not afford to lose the opportunity of producing the next Ooni of Ife.
He urged the government and other relevant stakeholders to expedite actions on the selection and appointment of new Ooni of Ife.


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