As the selection process of the Ooni starts, the Lafogido Ruling House has faulted the Chieftaincy Declaration of 1976 by the Justice Ademola Commission, claiming it erred in its conclusion on issues regarding the true royal families.
The declaration, which was a review of the 1957 declaration, was gazetted in 1977 by the government of the old Oyo State.
In a statement by the Head of the ruling house and Sooko Walomo of Ife, Prince Adeleke Adewoyin, the family faulted the commission’s position, saying its members tried to twist the history of the ancient kingdom.
The house, Adewoyin said, was marginalised in the chieftaincy reviews since the reign of Ooni Lajamisan.
According to him, the rotational system was introduced during the reign of Ooni Lajemisan, who, he said, had two children – Lajodogun and Lafigido.
Adewoyin said: “The Lajodogun Ruling House was further split into Ogbooru, Osinkola and Princess Moropo, who had a son named Giesi. Despite that Lafogido had eight children, the family remains an entity.”