Selection Of New Olujare: Royal Family Denies Allegation of Candidates Exclusion

The Royal family of Sejeokun ruling house in ijare community area of Ifedore local government in Ondo State has denied the allegation levied against them that the royal family denied some candidates right to be part of the crucial stage of selecting new Olujare of ijare which led to litigation.

The allegation of exclusion was denied and put the record straight in a release presented to the journalists in Akure signed by the chairman and secretary of the Royal family,Prince Jimoh Aliu and Prince Sunday Adekanbi with seven other members .

The Olujare stool became vacant two years ago when Oba Adebamigbe Oluwagbemigun, Kokotiri II, joined his ancestors and the process of picking new monarch by Royal family and kingmakers has become problematic due to the litigation and social media wars arising from the exclusion of Prince Kola Oyewole.

The Sejeokun Royal family while reacting to the allegation said when the list of thirteen applicants for the vacant stool of Olujare of ijare was initially arrived ,the representative and the leader of the Royal family ,chief Oluwole Oni said that the list should not be screened by the family and held meetings with the Sapetu when the Omomas had disassociated themself from the list, as a result his personal interest clashed with that of the family .

the Royal family stressed that having realised that the representative and the leader of the family, Chief Oluwole Oni,the Arinmo who was supposed to be a neutral party was having an interest in one of the contestants,(Prince Kola Oyewole) for the stool was imediately suspended by the ruling house from playing the role of family head.

The family hinted that the suspended leader of the ruling house insisted that his candidate must be forwarded to kingmakers even when he had been screened out by the family screening committee set up by the Sejeokun Ruling house.His candidate was not the only one screened out,the family added.

The family who later screened down the thirteen (13) contestants to four after traditional consultation and thorough screening based on some criteria that were not met by the contestants said it is the responsibility of the Royal family to select Omooye and forward it to Kingmakers to complete the process.

While one of the unqualified contestants was a taxi driver, lack basic education, and with critical characters defect, other was a young school leaver, and still reside under the roof of his parent.

The four (4) contestants selected as Omooye were carefully and painstakingly selected by the family based on different factors, including IFA consultations (three instances), character, community participation, and ability to represent the community on such highly exalted position.

Olujare stool, having recently promoted to the position of first class Oba in the state can’t afford to present someone who is known in his early life as a thug or with other strange characters. The Omowas urge other contestants to join hands with the committee to make the selection process a successful one for the betterment of the ijare community.

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