The Iba Samu of Oyo Empire Chief Lamidi Oyewale, who is one of the ‘OYO MESI’ (King Makers) in Oyo town has said the new Alaafin of Oyo would emerge before May 29.
He said the delay in the ongoing process to choose the new monarch was to have a rancour-free coronation.
A rumour emerged Wednesday on social media that one of the contestants for the Alaafin stool, Prince Lukman Mofojudola Gbadegesin, had been appointed as the new monarch.
But Oyo Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, said no one had been chosen or recognised as the new Alaafin.
Speaking in Oyo town at the one-year remembrance prayer for the late Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Chief Oyewale urged people to be patient for God to choose so that there won’t be any problem when the new king emerges.
According to him, Oyo town was without a King for over three years before the enthronement of Oba Adeyemi when his predecessor died.
“It’s just a year since the late Alaafin died, Before the swearing-in of the Governor, the new Oyo monarch will emerge,” he assured.
“I don’t want to comment much on the process of the emergence of new Alaafin, I’ve said a lot of things and did a lot of interviews concerning it, though we have little challenges my prayer is that God will give us another king that will better our lives.
The stool of Alaafin became vacant when Adeyemi joined his ancestors at 83 after spending 52 years on the throne.
Dignitaries at the one-year remembrance prayer eulogised the late monarch for his efforts towards development, sustainability and upholding the unity of Yoruba land, saying the vacancy the monarch left behind would be hard to fill.