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Battle to succeed late Ooni rages on

26 August 2015, 10:14

Osun - Race for the next Ooni of Ife after the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade, is generating heat as two ruling houses are set to clash over who will produce the new king, Premium Times reports.

Following the demise of Oba Sijuwade, who is from the Ogboru ruling, his successor was restricted to the Giesi family.

A clan, however in the Ogboru ruling house has rejected plans by the kingmakers to restrict their selection to the Giesi family.

Also read: Ooni: Mourning ends, business activities resume in Ife

This is so, according to the succession order established by government declaration on the Ooni chieftaincy title of 1977, but the Ogboru royal family is also contesting for the position.

The Ogboru family said the agreement entered between the Giesi royal house and the late Ooni is a done on a personal ground and is not binding to the family.

This new development has thrown confusion in the ancient town as the selection of the new Ooni would not be without fisticuffs.

On the other hand, Giesi Ruling House is insisting it is its turn to produce the next Ooni to succeed late Oba Sijuwade.

Read more at Premium Times

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