The Oyo Mesi Traditional Council has announced that 65 contestants will proceed to the next selection process for the Alaafin stool after being cleared.
Regent and Basorun of Oyo, Chief Yussuf Ayoola disclosed this on Sunday September 18.
The Basorun was quoted saying in a statement released by the Director of Media and Publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, Bode Durojaiye, that the remaining process would no longer be restricted to the 10 contestants earlier shortlisted.
They will now proceed for Ifa consultation and whoever emerges among the aspirants will be the candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo.
The statement read;
“All contestants who appeared for the interview are qualified for the next level, which is Ifa consultation, after the meeting of members of the Oyo Mesi.
“Whoever emerges among the aspirants will be the candidate and the next Alaafin of Oyo.
“There is no rift among members of the Oyo Mesi contrary to insinuations and misinformation milling around. We are as united as ever. Misunderstanding can happen at any given point in time. It is natural. What is important is the amicable resolution so as not to let the misunderstanding degenerate into violence.
“None of the Oyo Mesi members has a favoured aspirant as all the contestants are equal before us. For the umpteenth time, we are conscientious, not money conscious and greedy.”