Pastor Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye of RCCG Crowned as New Soun of Ogbomoso in Historic Appointment
In a significant development for Ogbomoso land, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has officially sanctioned the appointment of Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye, a pastor within the Redeemed Christian Church of God, as the new Soun of Ogbomoso. This pivotal decision comes in the wake of the vacancy left by the passing of Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III in December 2021, a venerable monarch who reigned for an impressive 48 years before his demise at the age of 95.
The process of selecting the new monarch was not without its share of controversies. Abdulwahab Laoye, Chairman of the Screening Committee for Laoye Ruling House in Ogbomoso, refuted rumors circulating on social media that Pastor Ghandi Afolabi had been chosen for the esteemed role. Laoye clarified that Ghandi was not among the eleven individuals initially selected by the screening committee from a pool of 23 applicants. He further explained that they had scheduled a meeting for February 23rd, inviting council members to observe the proceedings. However, the council subsequently intervened and expanded the applicant pool by adding seven more individuals, citing their acquisition of expression of interest forms.
In contrast, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, based in Ibadan, the state capital, issued a statement on Saturday affirming that the selection process adhered to established legal procedures. He conveyed the Governor’s congratulations to the Soun-elect on his impending ascension to the throne of his forebears.
Commissioner Olayiwola emphasized the significance of this role, underscoring the potential for the new monarch to foster harmony, understanding, and tolerance among his people. He also called upon all residents of Ogbomoso to collaborate with the incoming monarch to uphold the legacy and accomplishments of his predecessors. This appointment marks a crucial juncture in the history of Ogbomoso, with the potential to shape the future of the ancient city.