The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has disclosed that he chose the national coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo out of 5 aspirants that he considered.
Born in Arigidi-Akoko area of Ondo State, Adams is succeeding late MKO Abiola, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Abiola died in detention camp of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1998, for refusing to trade his presidential mandate for freedom.
Oba Adeyemi said that a letter of appointment had been issued to Adams on Sunday during his 79th birthday celebration, adding that “Yes, I have confirmed Otunba Gani Adams as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. He emerged out of the five aspirants that I considered for the position but I will hold a press conference where he will be formally announced. It is after this announcement that the traditional rites for his installation will start,” he said.
When asked how the Arigidi-Akoko born Adams was chosen, the first-class monarch said this would be disclosed during his press conference scheduled for this week.