Prince Ayo Ladigbolu, a retired Methodist Archbishop of Ilesa and Ibadan who also is an Oyo prince from the Agunloye Ruling House, has given additional reasons for his interest in becoming the next Alaafin of Oyo.
This clarification is coming amid criticisms over the age and Christian religious background of the reitured Anglican Archbishop.
The retired Archbishop, who is 84 years old disclosed that he joined the race for the throne following countless appeals and pleas from family and close associates.
“Especially those who are knowledgeable about my devotion to, and undying commitments to the greater progress and prosperity of Oyo town, and my undeniable records of current contributions to uplifting the Yoruba culture as well as the honour, glory and splendour of the Alaafin both here at home and in the global community.
“Most importantly, age has never been a negative factor in the selection of an Alaafin.
“All previous Alaafins in New Oyo except one have had the advantage of age and maturity from which both Oyo and Yoruba Nation have benefited.
"The only odd single circumstance came about due to exigencies known to historians and most adult members of the public in the 1970s.
“Nobody is sponsoring me to seek an opportunity to better serve a community which I have served and helped for about 40 years as a responsible citizen and community leader.
“The people are actually urging me and appealing to me to join the race.
"The pressure is not limited to well-meaning adults but also includes a lot of the common people who have been touched one way or another by my patriotic enthusiasm for the growth and development of Oyo Town and the Oyo Metropolitan Community."
It was gathered that chief Ladigbolu’s name was among those sent to the kingmakers.
At 84, his inclusion drew criticisms from both within the ruling house and the community.