Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that the exalted Alaafin’s Stool remains critical part of Yoruba heritage and history and as such, not for sale.
The governor made this known while delivering his address on Friday at the official commissioning of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Iseyin campus.
Makinde, who spoke in Yoruba language expressed readiness to crown a new Alaafin as soon as there was harmony among the royal households.
The governor appealed to all aspirants to the Alaafin stool and royal houses to end the tussle in order for quick emergence of a new Alaafin.
He said the state would do everything possible to protect the stool, adding that anyone who might have given money to anyone because of the stool would be sent to the anti-graft agency.
Makinde said he would not only refer such people to the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYOCA) but would personally take such individuals to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He urged the people of Oyo town, particularly those jostling for the stool to embrace peace so that the next occupant can be announced, just as he did with the approval of the new Aseyin of Iseyinland.