Processes to fill the throne vacated recently by the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, may have formally begun during the weekend with the resolve by Osun State Government to write Giesi Ruling House to present candidates.
Among the four ruling houses in Ile Ife, namely: Lafogido, Ogboru, Oshinkola and Giesi, only the latter has not produced a monarch in over a century.
The last Ooni to have emerged from Giesi Ruling House, Derin Ologbenla, who was described as a warrior, reigned between 1880 and 1894.
It was learnt that at a meeting held at Oke Fia, Osun Government House late Friday, Osun State Government resolved to write Giesi Ruling House to submit names of qualified candidates for the throne.
Reliable sources who told our correspondent that the meeting was attended by the kingmakers and government officials, said the search for the next Ooni was narrowed down to only Giesi Ruling House.
This was according to a source at the meeting, in accordance with the 1979 and 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration, which allows for rotational ascendancy of the throne among the four ruling houses.
It was further learnt that the state government resolved that it would not entertain or consider candidates from other ruling houses in Ile-Ife in the selection process.
An official of Osun State Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, who preferred anonymity, told our correspondent yesterday that a letter inviting Giesi Ruling House to present candidates for the stool would be forwarded to the ruling house by Monday.
Explaining how the next Ooni would emerge, an Ile Ife traditional title holder, who does not want to be named, said the two highest-ranked chiefs in the town, Obalufe, the leader of chiefs on the right hand side and Lowa, the leader of the chiefs on the left hand side of Ooni, upon receipt of the names of candidates from the ruling house that will fill the throne and after consulting Ifa, will meet and choose who will be the monarch.
He added that should they disagree, the two chiefs will consult three other chiefs behind each of them on both right and left and later vote.
He further said a new monarch will emerge before the month end