By Sodiq Lawal
Another controversy is currently rearing its ugly head in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and across social media, that there are indications that the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi is set to take the Deputy Convener of Hope Alive Initiative, Tope Adesegun as new wife.
This comes against the backdrop of the controversial separation between the Ooni and ex queen, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi last year which has left the foremost traditional monarch without a spouse for almost a year.
Temitope Adesegun who is the Deputy Convener of the working team of the Hopes Alive Initiative under the Auspices and Management of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II through the House of Oduduwa Foundation.
According to palace sources, the news that Ooni is set to take Temitope as new wife is untrue but disclosed that the current bachelor status of the royal father is becoming a source of concern to Ife traditional palace chiefs who feel that something needs to be done urgently to address the situation before complaints from the people get out of hand.
The situation, according to the source becomes graver when one considers the highly unusual and controversial circumstances surrounding the separation of the couple with exchange of allegations such as infidelity, barrenness, wife battery and impotence among others between the erstwhile royal couple.
The source added that top efforts are already in gear to scout around for suitable and befitting queen but so far all the candidates screened are presumed to be unqualified as they all have one character flaw or the other.
The palace source added that the palace chiefs are also being careful with their choice this time around to avoid a repeat case of the former queen, whose wedding, many believed to be done in haste without proper courtship, hence the shortness of the marriage.