The power tussles surrounding the selection of new Alaafin seems to be more tightened despite the efforts of government in making sure the new Alaafin is properly and constitutionally installed .
The next ruling house to produce the next occupant of the majestic seat of Alaafin of oyo is well-known in oyo and Nigeria at large.
From the media and publications made by all the contenders in Nigeria newspapers a month after the demise of late Oba Adeyemi . There were contenders who made public declaration of their ambition while others never came up with any public declaration which is their personal philosophy and that doesn’t water down their chances anyways.
The three noble contenders whose names have been all over since the beginning of the process are, Archbishop Ayo ladigbolu, 86year hold Archbishop of Methodist and a journalist by profession.
Prince ayo ladigbolu is a well respected elderly cleric across nigeria anyday anytime. He is a grandson of the late Alaafin abubakar siyanbola Oladigbolu.
Young and vibrant of them is prince kolade afeez siyanbola Oladigbolu. A mariner by profession and a real estate tycoon. He is the founder of royal colony homes limited and other investments. He his probably the youngest among the contenders, Siyanbola who named after his grandfather , the most fearful and fearless Alaafin siyanbola Oladigbolu (the alaafin of oyo 1911-1944)
The interviews they have granted revealed that the young Prince siyanbola and Archbishop Ayo are biological grandsons of late Alaafin Siyanbola onikepe ladigbolu.
Another one is prince lukman adelodun gbadegesin . A grandson of the late Alaafin Muhammad bello gbadegesin. That is to say oba gbadegesin is the older brother to late father of young prince siyanbola oladigbolu and bishop ladigbolu’s father.
Archbishop ayo ladigbolu and prince siyanbola oladigbolu are uncle to prince lukman gbadegesin. In a table of statistics, the father of prince lukman gbadegesin, prince siyanbola oladigbolu and bishop ayo ladigbolu are in the same class when it comes to proximity to the throne. (Bloodline)
The oyo indigents home and abroad look forward to one of them to be installed as the new iku babayeye.
Apart from traditional criterias which i believe no one can say anything about apart from the kingmakers (oyomesi)
I expect the new alaafin to be an exposed , educated, vocal, confident and bold person.
The three major names ringing bells across Yorubaland are those mentioned above.
Academically, we were able to access the biodata of Prince ayo ladigbolu and Prince siyanbola oladigbolu. What really baffles me most is how the youngest of them was able to be recognised by the most reputable carrier of genuine information in the whole world (Wikipedia)
His profile on Wikipedia even before the issues of throne is quite louder . He’s always in a buisnes conference home and abroad with severals awards, talking about the real problems in Nigeria and advising governments on possible solutions to the house deficit in the country.
As at now, we haven’t been able to access the biodata of Prince Lukman gbadegesin apart from being a civil servant of which we dont even know the status and level he is as a civil servant.
I wish all of them a very good luck.