Basorun of Oyo speaks on next Alaafin, rift among members of Oyo Mesi


Following minor disagreement among some members of the Oyo Traditional Council (the Oyo Mesi) over shortlisting of some aspirants who qualified for the interview, there will no longer be any shortlisted contestants.

This directive was made available on Sunday by the acting Regent and the Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yussuf Akinade Ayoola Layinka 1.

High Chief Layinka stated that all contestants, who appeared for the interview, are qualified for the next level, which is Ifa consultation, after the meeting of members of the Oyo Mesi.

According to him , “whoever emerges among the aspirants will be the candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo. There is no rift among members of the Oyo Mesi contrary to insinuations and misinformation milling around. We are as united as ever. Misunderstanding can happen at any given point in time. It is natural. What is important is the amicable resolution, in order not to let the misunderstanding degenerate into violence.

The Regent further stated that ” none of the Oyo Mesi members has a favoured aspirant , as all the contestants are equal before us. For the umpteenth time, we are conscientious, thorough , not money conscious and greedy”.


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