Barely one month after the passing away of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Ile-Ife princes with ambition have started showing interest in the vacant throne.
One of the princes interested in the throne is Dr. Rahmon Adegoke Adedoyin, who is the proprietor of the Oduduwa University.
In a recent chat with Vanguard, the educationist revealed that he had been nominated to take on the throne by the late Ooni before his death.
In his words, 'In Ile-Ife, historically, Ajagun, the late Ademiluyi, pointed to the late Adesoji Aderemi as his successor while he was still alive. Similarly, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, while alive, pointed to Prince Okunade Sijuwade then as his successor while alive.
'While Oba Okunade Sijuwade was alive, he pointed to myself, Rahmon Adedoyin, as his successor. No Oba in Ile-Ife will not point to his successor before leaving. The chiefs, the “Emeses”, etc were all present there when kabiyesi said, “Ti oju ba yeju, ki ohun ma ye ohun” meaning, “when I’m no more, don’t change my decision”.
Historically, if the wish of the predecessor is changed, the Oba only stays there for a short time. Even history had it that an Oba who was forced there later died before he left ‘Ilofi”. I am not desperate to become the Ooni. I am sure you know I have plenty commitments being a proprietor of two universities and two polytechnics. I need not tell you I have commitments, I want to drop all and serve Ife,' he disclosed.
Speaking further, he said, 'Some elders are already encouraging me to do it. You know I was close to Oba Okunade Sijuwade. I got a lot of tutelage from him. I never expected that it (Oba Okunade’s death) would happen so soon. I feel that I should retire as an Ooni of Ife in the future.'