Appeal court affirms Governor Ajimobi's approval of 48 obas for Ibadan

Appeal court affirms Governor Ajimobi's approval of 48 obas for Ibadan

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state, has struck out a motion filed by Rashidi Ladoja challenging the powers of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state over the approval of 48 obas for Ibadan.

Ladoja’s motion questioned the powers of Ajimobi to gazette and approve beaded crowns and coronets for the 48 obas across the state.

Justice Olajumoke Aiki of the Oyo state high court had in January 2019, set aside the recommendation of a committee of inquiry on the review of the 1957 Ibadan chieftaincy declaration, which suggested crowning of 21 new obas in Ibadanland.

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Ajimobi appealed the ruling.

On Thursday, April 11, a three-man panel of judges headed by Justice Nonyerem Okoronkwo, held that the thrust of the relief sought was invoking the court to set aside the gazette which approved the crowing of the Obas.

The appeal court further held that the gazette which the motion seeks the court to set aside was not the subject matter at the lower court.

According to Okoronkwo, dealing with such issue at this point may involve dwelling into the main appeal.

“We refuse to entertain the issue and urged the appellant to incorporate it in the main appeal and the motion is hereby strike out,’’ Okoronkwo said.

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Justice Oonkwo adjourned the matter until May 27, for hearing of the main appeal. earlier reported that the royal battle between the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and his high chiefs recently deepened with the first class monarch ordering them to remove their 'illegal crowns'.

The Olubadan said he had no objection to the return of the high chiefs to the palace but that they must first remove what he called their illegal crowns. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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