Ogbomoso indigenes and residents are airing their worries over the continuous delay in the announcement of new monarch of the town, four months after the passing of late Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III.
According to report, the delay in announcing and subsequently presenting the Staff of Office to the new Oba, is not unconnected with the alleged petitions by some of the candidates who lost out during the contest.
Recall some concerned groups whose family members had lost out submitted petitions to the state government, challenging the process of selection and they are awaiting the response from the government.
It will be recalled that out of the 23 bonafide sons of Ogbomoso who jostled for the vacant stool, Prince Afolabi Ghandi Laoye, a U.S based Redeem Christian Church of Christ, RCCG, Pastor, was declared the Soun-designate by the kingmakers, a situation which generated uproar among the stakeholders.
The development generated controversy between the family, kingmakers and other critical stakeholders.
Investigations further revealed that Ghandi’s name had since been submitted by the local government authorities to the State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde for necessary action.
An informed top government source said, “The Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde is taking his time to ensure there is no crisis after the announcement of the new king. He knew some people are angry with the selection process and he is investigating the development.”
The government source, therefore, assured that very soon, the new king would be announced and installed without any further delay.