Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
WITH traditional rites performed, kingmakers in Ogbomosoland, Oyo State, have installed Pastor Afolabi Olaoye as the new Soun of Ogbomosoland.
Olaoye’s installation was performed at Abata in Ogbomoso by the kingmakers, led by the Areago of Ogbomoso, High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin.
The kingmakers, while performing the installation rite, maintained that they were yet to receive any court injunction restraining them from installing Olaoye as Soun of Ogbomoso.
Stonix News gathered that the traditional rites had earlier commenced at the early hours of Friday at the palace of Soun.
However, an Oyo State High Court had, on Thursday, issued a restraining order prohibiting Governor Seyi Makinde, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters from presenting any instrument of office or conducting any ceremony to install Pastor Afolabi Ghandi Oladunni Olaoye as the new Soun of Ogbomosoland.
A palace source said the rites performed were in accordance with the customs and traditions of the land.
The court ruling was made by Justice K.A Adedokun in response to a motion ex-parte filed by Prince Muhammed Kabir Olaoye, one of the contenders for the Soun of Ogbomoso stool.
Justice Adedokun also ordered that Pastor Olaoye be restrained from representing himself as a candidate for any installation ceremony or wearing regalia resembling that of the Soun of Ogbomoso Chieftaincy.
The order will also remain in effect until the mandatory injunction is resolved.
Recall that Makinde had, in a statement by his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Olusegun Olayiwola, approved the selection of Pastor Olaoye as the next Soun of Ogbomosoland.
He said the approval followed adherence to processes specified under the law.
The commissioner charged the monarch-elect in the position to facilitate harmony, understanding and tolerance among his people, while also urging the people of Ogbomoso to work with the monarch to consolidate the successes of his forefathers.
King Olaoye is an ordained pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the USA before he was called to occupy the stool of his forebears.