No fewer than 86 Princes are contesting for the vacant stool of the Alaafin of Oyo.
Naija News reports that Baba Iyaji in Oyo, Mukaila Afonja, who doubles as the head of princes in Oyo town, submitted the names of the contestants to the Basorun of Oyo, Yussuf Ayoola.
This latest development was made known via a statement on Thursday by the Director of Media and publicity to the Alaafin of Oyo, Bode Durojaiye.
Basarun was said to have summoned an emergency meeting of all members of the Oyo Traditional Council (Oyo Mesi) following the receipt of the names.
Durojaiye in the statement said it was resolved at the meeting that all the contestants should attend a peace meeting on Saturday, 3rd of September, 2022, at the Agbala Ogun Hall, in the Palace.
He noted that all the contestants would be screened between the 4 and 8th of September, 2022.
The statement read: “In attendance at the meeting was the Chairperson, Atiba Local Government, Alhaja Kafilat.
“At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that all the contestants should, as a matter of utmost concern, attend a peace meeting on Saturday, 3rd of September, 2022, at the Agbala Ogun Hall, in the Palace.
“Thereafter, from next week Monday, the 4th till Thursday, the 8th of September, 2022, 10 contestants will appear for interview on a daily basis.
“There will be a break on Friday, as no interview will take place, to pave the way for the Jumat service.
“The interview will resume on Monday, the 12th and last till the 15th of September, 2022″.