Olubadan throne tussle: Court fixes Feb. 12 for hearing

Ibadan, Jan. 10, 2018 (TNE) An Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, has fixed Feb. 12 for hearing on a suit filed by Chief Adebayo Oyediji, challenging the installation of Oba Saliu Adetunji, as the Olubadan of Ibadan land.

Reports say that Oyediji of the Seriki chieftaincy line and three others are challenging the installation of Adetunji by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State as the Olubadan of Ibadan land.

The other claimants in the suit are Chief Olalekan Fakunle, Chief Rasheed Abinupagun and Chief Gabriel Amao.

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Justice Moshood Abass on Wednesday fixed Feb. 12 for hearing after the claimants’ counsel, Mr Sarafadeen Adebayo, informed the court that all processes needed in prosecuting the case have been filed by both parties.

Abass ordered that hearing notices be served on the counsel to the respondents because they were not present in court on Wednesday.

The claimants’ counsel, Adebayo, had earlier informed the court that the counsel to Olubadan, Mr Michael Lana, and the Oyo State Government’s counsel, Mr Adegboyega Salawu, were trying to delay the matter.

He said that the respondents’ counsel were present in court on the last adjourned date of Dec. 15, 2017, where Jan. 10 was agreed for the closing of the Pre-Trial Conference (PTC).

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The claimants say that it is the turn of the Seriki chieftaincy line to produce the next Olubadan after the death of Oba Samuel Lana, against the appointment of Adetunji by Gov. Ajimobi.

The claimants are also challenging the consistent occupation of the Olubadan throne by the Olubadan chieftaincy line and Balogun chieftaincy lines while excluding the Seriki line.

It would be recalled that the claimant’s counsel, Adebayo, had told the court that there is a subsisting court ruling restraining the occupation of any vacant position of high chiefs and that of Olubadan.

Other respondents in the suit are the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and the Oyo State Government.

(TNE)

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