The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has approved the appointment of Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye as the new Soun-elect of Ogbomosoland.
Olaoye is pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House, Washington DC.
The former Soun Of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, had dead in December 2021 after spending 48 years on the throne.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Olusegun Olayiwola said in a statement on Saturday that the announcement followed the long-drawn processes specified under the law.
“His Excellency congratulates the new Soun-elect on his ascension to the throne of his forebears,” the statement said.
The Commissioner said the exalted position has placed the monarch-elect in the position to facilitate harmony, understanding and tolerance amongst his people.
The Commissioner also urged all sons and daughters of the ancient city of Ogbomoso to work with the monarch to consolidate the successes of his forefathers.
Olaoye had last year said when the Soun died, he knew it was the turn of his family to be king, but that he refused since he is now a child of God.
He said he called his spiritual father, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to intimate him of the situation.
He said when he told Adeboye that he was not interested, the G.O. asked him not to say that but to fast and pray about it.
Olaoye said he did not take the advice seriously as he did not pray about it.
He, however, said that he heard God told him on January 2, 2022, that becoming the Soun of Ogbomoso was his destiny.
“The next thing I heard, clearly, ‘You were born for this; this is the reason for your birth.’ That’s what I heard. Of course, that’s not what I was expecting. But, let me tell you this is what I heard, I am 10/10,” he said