Nobody Begged You to Contest, You Have no Chance of Ascending Alaafin Stool — Ruling House Tells Ladigbolu

The Chairman of Agunloye Ruling House, Prince Yusuf Tella, has debunked the claim by a retired archbishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Ladigbolu, that he was being begged by people to contest the Alaafin stool.

It would be recalled that the 84-year old aspirant had granted a newspaper interview, saying some people were begging him to contest to occupy the vacant stool in a recent publication.

He said, “The people are actually urging me and appealing to me to join the race. The pressure is not limited to well-meaning adults but also include a lot of the common people who have been touched one way or another by my patriotic enthusiasm for the growth and development of Oyo Town and the Oyo Metropolitan Community.”

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However, speaking with Sunday Punch, Tella, the Agunloye Ruling House Chairman said there were too many qualified princes from their house, adding that it would be ridiculous for anyone to claim that people were pleading with him to contest the race.

He said Ladigbolu should rather tell the public why he wanted to become the Alaafin at the age of 84.

In his words: “It is wrong for him (Ladigbolu) to say that he was begged to contest. No prince begged him to contest.There are so many princes who are jostling to be selected to mount the stool. So, why will they be begging him? Even when you talk of age, he is older than the late Alaafin.

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“So many have applied and this is in the public domain. There are so many qualified princes who have signified interest. So, who is now begging him? That claim is not true.

“Lawani Agogo Ija was the first born of Agunloye and his (Lawani Ago Ija’s) children have been the only ones occupying the throne out of the 29 children of Agunloye. Ladigbolu is even from the one ruling family that has been occupying the throne for long. Ladigbolu is not part of the remaining 28 children of Agunloye.

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“The Agunloye family has presented 48 candidates and we are telling the Oyomesi again that out of 29 children, only one of them has produced Alaafin on three occasions. They should pick the next Alaafin from the remaining 28 families who have not had such an opportunity to mount the throne”, he stated.


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