TheStreetReporters.com gathered that two candidates were initially picked from the ruling house until one of them Prince Ogunwusi, a Lagos based businessman, was eventually selected by the kingmakers after consulting the Ifa oracle.
The governor of the Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf adesoji Aregbesola on Monday approved his appointment as the new Ooni of Ife.
He is Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of the Giesi ruling house of Ile Ife.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti, “This choice follows the completion of the due process by the king makers and the communication of their decision to the government”.
There had been heavy security presence in the Ile Ife town since Saturday following Friday’s judgment on a suit challenging the Ooni of Ife 1980 Chieftaincy Declaration.
The security measure was to forestall a breakdown of law and order when the Ooni is named.
An Osun State High Court dismissed the suit.
Following the verdict, the government resumed the process of filling the stool.
Sooko Adegoke and Prince Marcus Adebola Akimoyero on behalf of Lafogido Ruling House of Ile-Ife, had sued Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the Obalufe of Ile-Ife, the late Oba Solomon Omisakin and Lowa of Ife, Chief Joseph Ijaodola over the decision to allow only the Giesi Ruling House to present a candidate for the stool.
The plaintiffs asked the court to set aside the 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration which they said was “lopsided, unjust, unconstitutional and unfair.”
Until his appointment, Ogunwusi was non-executive director at Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited (a subsidiary of GTBank).
He is a graduate of Accountancy and a certified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and of the Institute of Management.
Adeyeye is currently the Managing Director of Howard Roark Gardens Limited which is undertaking multi-million naira Jacob Mews Estate project in Yaba and the Lakeview real estate development in Lekki.
He has been involved in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts locally and abroad for over 11 years. He was involved in the development of the Northern Foreshore Estate, Cityscape International Limited’s Buena Vista project in Lekki, Primewaterview Limited’s projects, Westcom Limited’s projects, and the Ajaokuta Steel’s and Delta Steel’s resuscitation projects.
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