Only 10 out of the entire 65 applicants vying for the vacant Alaafin of Oyo stool have been shortlisted by the kingmakers.
According to The Nation, the Acting Regent and the Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yussuf Akinade Ayoola Layinka 1, disclosed this on Thursday.
Chief Layinka who is also the head of Oyomesi said only the ten applicants have qualifications that every occupier of the throne of Alaafin must have.
Speaking on the development, the Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, Bode Durojaiye, said the Kingmakers would meet soon for the next step, which is Ifa consultation.
Ayoola said, “Whoever emerges among the shortlisted aspirants will be a candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo.”
The Acting Regent spoke on the claim that the kingmakers collected two hundred thousand Naira from the applicants during the interview.
Ayoola also addressed the report that a ranking member of the kingmakers, Alapinni did not attend the interview.
He noted that Alapinni was represented throughout the interview period.
Ayoola said, “The state government is not only aware but was carried along in all our proceedings before, during and after the interview period.
“The state government is ably represented by the Chairperson of the Atiba Local Government and some officials of the Council.”
Speaking on Alapinni’s absence, Ayoola said he was absent from the interview process because he is currently indisposed.
He added, “People should watch their utterances and refrain from reckless comments capable of causing an implosion. People entrusted with the peace and tranquillity of the town should not just rush to the press for mischief-making.
“It is better for one to find out about what he or she doesn’t know from the authentic source, than going to the press to cause disaffection.”