The death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, who was finally interned on Friday at Ile Ife has predictably thrown up a scramble among contending individuals and groups who feel they should have a say on who sits next on the revered seat as the traditional head of the cradle of the Yoruba race.
Already, plans and alliances, as well as consultations and subtle campaigns are kicking off to ensure that the vacuum is filled by a worthy candidate. Anyone who occupies the seat of the Ooni of Ife, no doubt wields great influence, not only in the South West part of the country, but nationally.
A day after Oba Sijuade was laid to rest, the proprietor of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Dr Rahmon Adegoke Adedoyin, has stated that he deserves to sit atop the revered seat.
Adedoyin is a prince from Ile-Ife (Agbedegbede/Oshinkola) Akui Ruling House holds the chieftaincy title of the Maye of Ife.
Adedoyin also owns a university in the United States and two polytechnics in Nigeria among other investments.
He spoke with Vanguard on how history and tradition favour him to emerge as the next Ooni of Ife.
He spoke on his plans to develop Ile-Ife, adding, that “Inspite of my busy schedule, even outside the country, out of 365 days in a year, I often spend over 200 in Ile-Ife and many people can attest to this. What this simply means is that i have lived all my life in Ife, so I know Ife problems and I have plans on how to solve them”.
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