The head of Seriki chieftaincy line in Ibadan, Chief Bayo Oyediji, has filed a suit against the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, the Attorney General of the state and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, before an Oyo State High Court, praying the court to invalidate the installation of the monarch.
Oba Adetunji was given the staff of office by Ajimobi as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland on March 4, 2016, after the death of Oba Samuel Odulana on January 19, 2016.
In the suit marked I/560/16 filed and dated May 23, 2016, Oyediji and other representatives of the Seriki chiefs of Ibadanland said Adetunji’s installation should be declared null and void.
The suit stated in part, “That the purported appointment and/or approval of the appointment of the third defendant (Oba Adetunji) by the first and second defendants on March 4, 2016 was in contempt of court, wrongful, illegal, null and void and of no effect.”
According to Oyediji’s lawyer, Abideen Adeniran, his client’s ground of argument was that the High Court of Oyo State had on November 21, 2008 granted an order of interlocutory injunction “restraining the defendants from filling any vacancy existing or that may later exist, in the chieftaincies of Olubadan of Ibadan, Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan and the equivalents in the Balogun line pending the hearing and determination of this suit.”
The lawyer said the suit also claimed that the present Olubadan was restrained from presenting himself for the purpose of filing the post of Olubadan, but that the Olubadan-in-Council and the state government acted in contempt of the court order to install Oba Adetunji.
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