THE Oyo state High Court sitting in Ibadan, has adjourned the suit challenging the installment of Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Ogungunniso I, as the Olubadan of Ibadan, brought against him by the Seriki line of the Olubadan ruling house, represented by Chief Bayo Oyediji, Chief Olalekan Fakunle, Chief Rasheed Abinugun and Chief Gabriel Amoo till June 6, 2017.
Also joined in the case as co-defendants is the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the Attorney-General of the state.
The Seriki Ruling House’s legal team comprises of Barrister A.G Adeniran, Barrister S.A Sanni and Barrister Dare Adebayo while the State Government, the Attorney-General and the third defendant, Saliu Adetunji, were legally represented by Barrister Michael Lana.
Justice Moshood Abass, the presiding judge at court 5 of the State High Court, reiterated the prayer sought by the first claimant, Chief Bayo Oyediji.
Oyediji was seeking to establish that the appointment and approval of the appointment of the 3rd defendant by the first and second defendants on the 4th of March 2016 is in contempt of court wrongful, illegal, null and void and of no effect.
Similarly, he stressed that the declaration that the first claimant is the person entitled to be installed as the Olubadan by the virtue of the terms of settlement dated the 30th day of November, 1989 which was made the judgment of the court in Suit No. 1/313/88 between Chief Muibi Olalero Akanni & three others VS The Olubadan of Ibadan and His Royal Highness, Oba Yesufu Oloyede Ashanike I.
In a related development, an order of the Honourable Court setting aside the said appointment and approval of appointment of the 3rd defendant as the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Continuing, an order of the Honourable Court mandating the 1st Defandant to immediately remove the 3rd Defendant from his current sit as the purported Olubadan of Ibadanland and install the 1st Claimant as the lawful and legal Olubadan of Ibadanland by virtue of the terms of settlement dated the 30th day of November, 1989 which was made the judgment of the court in Suit No. 1/313/88 between Chief Muibi Olalere Akanni & 3 ORS. VS The Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Royal Highness, Oba Yesufu Oloyede Ashanke I.
In conclusion, an order of perpetual injunction restraining the 3rd defendant, from parading himself as the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Justice Abass, however adjourned the case for a pre-trial conference to the 6th of June 2017 for further hearing.
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