Ataoja: Olanipekun’s selection in order –Kingmakers

Kingmakers in Osogbo have faulted the claims by some ruling houses that there is no recognised monarch in the town, describing such as baseless and untrue.

The head of the kingmakers, who is also the Ajagunna, Gabriel Oparanti, while addressing press conference at the Ataoja palace on Wednesday, said though the suit challenging the process and selection of the occupant of the stool is still in court, the sitting monarch is Oba Jimoh Oyeniyi Olanipekun Larooye II.

Oparanti said the misunderstanding over the occupant of the stool will soon be over, adding that the Ataoja-in-Council is only waiting for the court decision on the matter.

Oparanti, accompanied by other traditional chiefs including the Eesa of Osogbo, Wasiu Odelola, who is third-in-command, and members of some ruling houses in the town, maintained that all the eight kingmakers approved the selection of Oba Jimoh Olanipekun Larooye after the names of the shortlisted candidates for the stool had been subjected to Ifa consultation.

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He explained that the selection of Olanipekun as the Ataoja was in order and according to the Customs and Chieftaincy Declaration approved by the state government in 2005.

He declared that the kingmakers were acquainted with the new chieftaincy declaration as approved by the state government under Olagunsoye Oyinlola in 2010 after the death of the immediate past monarch, late Oba Iyiola Oyewale Matanmi.

The traditional chiefs also recalled that the incumbent Ataoja followed all traditional rites of the town before he was installed in 2010.

He said the allegation that Olanipekun was an impostor, raised by some ruling houses in the town, was ill conceived.

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Oparanti explained that the 2005 Chieftaincy Declaration governing the appointment of Ataoja of Osogbo, which was gazetted by the state government, was followed to the letter by the kingmakers before concluding on the Larooye ruling house, which eventually produced Oba Olanipekun.

Oparanti, who informed that it was the turn of the Larooye to produce the monarch after the death Matanmi, stated that the Larooye ruling house was next in order of succession in the 2005 Chieftaincy Declaration of Osogbo.

Contrary to claim by some ruling houses that princes and princesses were not participating in the ongoing Osun festival, Oparanti said all the rituals needed to be performed by the princes and princesses in respect to Osun festival had been done.

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