The residents of Iseyin in the Oke Ogun geopolitical zone of Oyo state will not soon forget Sunday, July 24, 2022.
It was the day that Oba Abdulganiy Salaudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi Ajinese 1, the most recent Aseyin of Iseyin, joined his forefathers.
After a protracted illness, the monarch said goodbye to the world at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.
One year after his passing, Iseyin still doesn’t have a new monarch, according to 460play.
The death of the Aaba Odo Aseyin (Chief Priest) has delayed the selecting process, despite it having already started.
Pa Ashiru Ajala Oroleye, an Oro priest, passed on to his ancestors in May of this year.
A native of Iseyin who did not want his name published told the Daily Post that the Chief Priest and other priests will accompany the new monarch to Ipebi.
He continued by saying that the selection of a new monarch cannot be completed without the Chief Priest.
Without the Chief Priest, the process would not be feasible, he claimed. “The Chief Priest is the one that will take the new king to Ipebi along with other priests.”
But according to information obtained by 460play, Mr. Solomon Ajeigbe has been elected as the new Aaba Odo Aseyin (Chief Priest).
The priest would shortly be installed, according to a source in the community.
The Aaba family’s nomination of Solomon Ajeigbe as the new Aaba Odo Aseyin has revived hopes for an expedited search for a new Aseyin of Iseyin.
Ajeigbe is a transporter who is happily married, has a wife, and has kids.
The appropriate procedures to welcome the new Aaba Odo Aseyin (Chief Priest) to his palace are still going on, according to the Balogun Aaba Odo-Iseyin, Chief Olanrewaju Aanuoluwapo John.
As a Chief under Aaba Odo-Iseyin, the priest who will accompany the new Aseyin to the groove for Ipebi rituals, he said, “We thank God that we have conquered the first barrier towards the choosing of new Aseyin of Iseyin. I am glad to tell you that we have picked the correct person.
An upsurge in criminal activity in the town is being attributed to the lack of a ruler.
Iseyin Youths Development Group (IYDG), a socioeconomic organization in the community, reaffirmed this.
In a statement, the organization pleaded with Governor Seyi Makinde to intervene in the ongoing situation affecting the choice of a new Aseyin of Iseyin.
Babajide Oniyo, the national president of IYDG, claimed that the town’s “stagnant economic development” was a result of the lack of an Aseyin following the death of the last occupant of the stool.
Oniyo urged the traditional rulers of the Oke-Ogun zone to put a halt to kidnappings and other criminal activity in the area in a statement headlined, “Aseyin Stool so Critical to Be Vacate: A Special Appeal to the Kingmakers and Stakeholders.”
“The prolonged Aseyin throne vacancy brought about by the passing of Oba Dr. Abdul Ganiyu Salawudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi, Ajinese 1 almost a year ago has become a great concern to Iseyin people home and abroad, as the continuation of the Royal stool’s vacancy will pose a magnificent developmental challenges to the Ancient town,” he said.
We are well aware of and grateful for Iseyin’s three ruling houses, Akando, Ajisibi, and Majaro, from which the throne is cycled. Moreover, it is noteworthy that the last three Aseyins, Oba Moshood Osuolale Adeyeri, Oba Abdul Ganiyu Alobalowo, and Oba Dr. Abdul Ganiyu Salawudeen Adekunle, were from the ruling families of Akando, Majaro, and Ajisibi, respectively.
“According to the monarchical rotational system of Iseyin territory from the beginning of time, it is therefore obvious that Akando is in charge. We believe it ought to be seamless if this is true.
In the best interests of Iseyinland and its surroundings, this is a time when a capable Oba is required to sit on the throne. In addition to the Oke Ogun insecurity that needs the prompt cooperation of the kègùn Obas to confront it, Aseyin should be physically present when significant decisions are made at the state and federal levels.
The lack of an Aseyin at this crucial time is invariably equivalent to self-gagging the developments currently being felt and enjoyed in the country.
“We can all attest to the numerous advancements Iseyin welcomed during the 15-year reign of the late Oba Ajinese, including the reconstruction of Moniya-Iseyin Road, rehabilitation of Iseyin-Oyo Road, construction of Iseyin-Ogbomosho Road, establishment of Lautech Iseyin Campus of Renewable Natural Resources, establishment of Federal Road Safety Corps, and Iseyin Command, among others. We don’t want these to stop because there isn’t a king in power.
This is a call to action for our friendly Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, to assist us in Iseyin by intervening in the kingmakers’ and other stakeholders’ blazing problem so that a new monarch can be installed quickly.
“While we appreciate the efforts of our important and respected king makers in ensuring a smooth process for generating the next Royal Highness, we implore them to put all grudges behind them that would further delay the process and find common ground in the gracious interest of our cherished motherland. May God grant them protection throughout, and may Iseyin keep up his excellent work.
Hon. Afeez Adeleke, a former Iseyin/Itesiwaju member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, asked Makinde to move the process along quickly.
According to Adeleke, who served as the district’s representative from 2015 to 2019, “Well, may Almighty Allah pardon his (late Aseyin’s) inadequacies. Amin.
It will be one year on Monday, April 24, since His Royal Majesty Oba Dr. Abduganiyu Adekunle Oloogunebi joined his forefathers, and you are quite correct in that.
“However, an ancient town like Iseyin has found it difficult to function without a King since his death.
“But by upholding the leadership responsibilities of filling the gap, we genuinely want to acknowledge the efforts made by the high chiefs of Iseyin land. May God, the Almighty, richly reward them.
The amazing natives of Iseyin land, you are so wonderful, supportive, and effective in cooperating with the high chiefs and those in authority. I will also thank the leadership of IDU for the advising roles they displayed.
“Finally, I will beg our dear Governor, H. E. Seyi Makinde, to hasten and step up efforts to appoint a new monarch in our Kingdom.
“Regardless of how cooperative individuals are, the void will still exist because no chief in town has been given the power and authority granted to the monarchs.
“As a result, it is imperative that the royal authority be established. I want His Excellency to put it at the top of his list of priorities. God, please help him.
Dasola Adefabi, a surveyor who was born in Iseyin, pleaded with the governing houses and kingmakers to expedite the procedure.
He continued by saying it was risky to put off choosing the new ruler.
The only thing I can say is to urge the ruling houses and Afobaje to expedite the selection of a new King because holding off is risky, Adefabi stated. Using Ago and Okeho as an example, leaving the stool empty could be harmful to the township.
When approached, the Ikolaba of Iseyin, High Chief Ismahil Odubiyi Tikalosoro, stated that the selection procedure is still in progress.
The local government’s traditional council leader, Tikalosoro, stated that choosing a new King should not be rushed.
Work is ongoing, he said. We cannot complete it right away.
“There are three families here. But now it’s Akando’s turn. A chieftaincy declaration has been made. All candidates will be members of the family.