A new Olowo of Owo in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State may emerge any moment from now, it was learnt on Tuesday.
Sources hinted that the Senior Omolowos have shortlisted five names out of 18 aspirants from the Elewuokun Dynasty.
They are two from Ogunoye Royal House, two from Olateru-Olagbegi and one from Ajike Atanaye lineages.
It was learnt that the date and time for election of the new Olowo will be made known soon.
Eighteen princes from the Elewuokun Dynasty were pencilled down for the screening exercise.
The President of the Senior Omolowos and Ojomoluda of Ijebu Owo, Oba Kofoworola Oladoyinbo Ojomo, promised to carry the media along. He pledged that the exercise would be fair and transparent.
Oba Ojomo appealed to the people to help the Omolowos make the selection process devoid of rancour and ill-feelings.
According to him, the town cannot progress in the midst of strife.
Those already screened are Princes Ogunoye Akinola Olawamide, Ogunoye Philip Adegoke Adegbite, Olatunde Aragun Ogunoye, Ogunoye Adekolajo, Ogunoye Olanrewaju Adelotan, Ogunoyeyi Ajibade Gbadegesin, Ogunoye Olatunde Aragun, Ogunoye Olugbemiga Peter and Ajike Olatubosun Oluwayemi.
Others are Olagbegi Mowasola, Ogunoye Michael Gboyega, Olateru-Olagbegi Adesuyi, Olateru-Olagbegi Olaleke, Ogunoye Emmanuel Ademola, Ogunoye Adegboyega Victor, Ajike Charles Adedayo, Ogunoye Monday Ogundeji and Ogunoye Olanrewaju Bernard.
The throne of Olowo became vacant following the demise of Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III, who joined his ancestors on Tuesday, April 16, this year.