By Damisi Ojo, Akure
Kingmakers from Afin-Akoko in Akoko Northwest Local Government Area of Ondo State have urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to compel the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as authorities of the local government to begin the process of selecting and approving a new monarch for the town.
The kingmakers, who said they were yet to select or elect anybody as Alafin, stressed the need for the government and the local government to stop further delay of the process in the interest of the community and its people.
The stool of the Alafin of Afin-Akoko became vacant in 2006 and since then 10 contestants had shown interest from Asigi Ruling House, with Prince Abdulganiyu Adegboyega and Abdulrahim Mustafa emerging as two leading candidates.
The kingmakers, under the umbrella of Afin Opamesan, headed by High Chief Adewumi Jimoh, described as an act that could set ablaze Afin-Akoko, a statement credited to the Chairman of Afin Chieftaincy Committee, Demola Ijabiyi that
Abdulrahim Mustafa is the “Alafin-elect”.
Addressing reporters in Afin-Akoko yesterday, Chief Adewumi and the Secretary of the Afin-Akoko Kingmakers, Chief Eli Lasisi Ige, said the government had already nullified a ‘kangaroo’ selection process of November 13, 2017 due to the participation of six unapproved warrant chiefs.
ty, as both we (the Afin kingmakers) and all the nine aspirants, including the entire Asigi Ruling House families are vehemently opposed to it.”