High Chief Yusuf Akinade Ayoola, the head of the Oyomesi, Bashorun of Oyo, is likely to take over the operations of the Alaafin of Oyo’s palace until a new Alaafin is appointed.
Historically, Bashorun has had the final word in naming a new Alaafin, and his power rivals that of the monarch himself.
The Oyo empire was a monarchical system ruled by Alaafin as king, according to history. However, an administrative council and governing body comprised of chiefs (Oyo Mesi) serve to keep authority in balance.
Oyomesi members were commanded by a prime minister named Bashorun, who could request the king’s suicide by sending him a calabash of parrot’s eggs.
In addition to becoming Commander in Chief of the Oyo , which gave him considerable autonomous religious authority, Bashorun has the authority to organise religious festivals.