Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, a 40-year old real estate magnate and prince from the Giesi Ruling House has emerged the new Ooni of Ife. in the town. In a statement realesed from the office of the Secretary to the Osun State Government, the state government said the selection of the new Ooni followed the completion of all processes for the filling of the exalted stool. Ogunwusi was selected from 21 candidates presented by the Giesi rulinghouse for the exalted stool. The statement,read that, “The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has approved the appointment of a new Ooni of Ife. “He is Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of Giesi Ruling House of Ile-Ife, State of Osun. This choice follows the completion of the due process by the kingmakers and the communication of their decision to government.” The announcement of a new traditional ruler for the ancient town came 89 days after the death of Oba Okunade Sijuwade at a London clinic. Sijuwade passed on after a brief illness on July 28, although Ile-Ife chiefs only confirmed his death on August 10. Born 40 years ago to the Ojaja Royal compound of Agbedegbede in the Giesi Ruling House, Adeyeye attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy. After school, he grew rapidly in business, becoming a successful real estate merchant. Meanwhile,Olakunle Aderemian, chairman, publicity committee of Osinkola Ruling House, has kicked against the announcement,stating that the family would continue to challenge the legality of Giesi as the next rulling house to present new Ooni. “It is true they dismissed the case filed by Lafogido,but our case is still there in court, it has not been decided. “They should not act against the law, because we will continue with our case in court. That is what is happening in Osogbo. The people of Osogbo are still in court over the Ataoja stool. The people of Offa are also in court. So, we will continue, no matter how long it takes. We know we will get justice one day. “We have told the state government this, but it seems they are adamant. We also will not stop fighting for our right.” he vowed. Ile Ife is relatively calm at the moment,while so residents of Ile Ife are excited at the emergence of the new Ooni which they had been anxiously waiting for.
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