IFA ORACLE CONSULTED BEFORE SELECTING KADRI AS AKINRUN-ELECT – KINGMAKER
From Bamigbola Gbolagunte
Fresh facts have emerged on how Prince Yunus Olalekan Kadri emerged the Akinrun elect in Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State
The Elemo Aga of Ikirun who is one of the kingmakers in the town, High Chief Bamidele Onifade revealed that the selection of Kadri was done after due consultation with the Ifa Oracle.
He said “As Yoruba people and in line with our culture and established chieftaincy declaration in Ikirun, consultation of Ifa Oracle is a condition precedent in the selection of an Akinrun of Ikirun.”
“We the kingmakers consulted Ifa Oracle and the name of Prince Yunus Olalekan Kadri kept coming out everywhere we went,” he stated.
Besides, the traditional Chief hinted that the selection process was in line with the chiefs law of the state, adding that the processes of selecting the Akinrun-elect followed due process.
He added that the selection Kadri who hails from Obaara ruling house of Ikirun was as a result of the judgment of an Osun State High Court delivered by Justice Jide Falola which ordered the kingmakers to select a new traditional ruler from the ruling house next to the Gboleru ruling house following the inability of the Gboleru ruling house to present candidate for the vacant stool or Akinrun of Ikirun.
He said “out of the seven kingmakers in the town, six voted for Kadri, while one person voted for another candidate who was also from the Obaara ruling house.”
Contrary to insinuation that the selection of Kadri caused crisis in the town, Onifade said the people of the town welcome the development with joy and they have continued to troop to the residence of the monarch-elect to rejoice with him.
He said one of the traditional chiefs of the town was behind the rumoured crisis due to his interest in one of the candidates that contested for the vacant stool but failed to be chosen.
He appealed to the state government to expedite actions on the installation of the new traditional ruler for the town in the interest of peace and development of the town.