By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Eight months after the demise of the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, the process for selecting a candidate for the vacant stool has started as two university professors from Torungbuwa ruling house and four other candidates have been screened to occupy the stool.
The Professors are, Professor Adewale Solarin and Professor Gabriel Ogunmola.
The Monarch passed on at the age of 80, in the United Kingdom (UK) after traveling abroad for a medical check-up.
According to the Ogun State government gazette on traditional declaration, the Torungbuwa ruling house is the next to produce the new Monarch.
The process of selecting the new king has started according to the Acting Akarigbo-in-council and the head of kingmakers, Lisa Akarigbo Remo, Chief Abdulrasak Salami.
Already, six princes, two of them university dons have been cleared by the two family lineages from the Ruling House, the Famolu and the Oluyomade to contest the vacant stool.
Professor Adewale Solarin hails from Famolu lineage. He is a professor of mathematics and a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and former Director-General of National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja.
Solarin was elected the President of African Mathematical Union (AMU) and is presently serving as a member of the Scientific Board of UNESCO’s International Basic Science Programme, Paris, France.
Ogunmola is also from Famolu family line. He is a professor of Chemistry and was Chancellor, Lead University, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Others princes in the race and who are from Oluyomade ancestry according to the family’s Secretary, Alhaji Nurudeen Kazeem are Tunde Ajayi, Mutiu Adebayo and Akeebu Kazeem.
Speaking to journalists yesterday on how the new Akarigbo would emerge, Chief Salami explained that the kingmakers “are going to be meticulous in the selection process”, saying laid down traditional procedures would be followed by the seven kingmakers, including consultation of Ifa Oracle.
He stated that no age limit was specified by the state government gazette on traditional declaration but residents, according to him would also play a major role in the selection procedures as characters of each candidate would be subjected to test.
Chief Salami disclosed that the process which was earlier announced two weeks ago by the Sagamu Local Government authority had been suspended, “but
I can assure you that the procedures will restart any time from now and the new Akarigbo is going to emerge very soon”.