Billionaire businessman, Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin, has been chosen by the Giesi family as their consensus candidate for the vacant throne of Ooni of Ife.
Adedoyin is from the Adesogba family, an arm of the Giesi ruling house of Ile Ife.
Adedoyin is the proprietor of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu; The Polytechnic, Ife; Hilton Hotels and other business concerns spread across the ancient town and in the Diaspora.
The Giesi family, on Thursday, August 27, approved Adedoyin as their sole candidate for the exalted stool, which became vacant following the demise of the Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II on July 28.
In a statement jointly signed by eight princes and two princesses on behalf of the family, a copy of which was made available to THISDAY said Adedoyin, who hails from the Agbedegbede lineage of the dynasty, was eminently qualified to succeed Oba Sijuwade by virtue of his pedigree, stature, investments, philanthropic activities and immense contributions to the human, physical and industrial development of the town.
The signatories to the statement are: Princess Kehinde Sijuwade Elugbaju (Nee Adewole); Princess Adekanmi Adelugba; Princeess Olufunmilayo Busayo; Princess Adedokun Adedoyin; Prince Gabriel Adedire Adewole.
Others include: Prince Adebolu Adewole; Prince Adekola Adewole; Prince Adekunmi Adewole and Prince Tilewa Bimbo Adewole.