The move of Seriki line of Ibadan to stop the installation of High Chief Saliu Adetunji as the next Olubadan of Ibadan land suffered a setback on Tuesday when an Oyo State High Court said it would not grant the wish.
Seriki senior Chief Adebayo Oyediji is laying claim to the stool left vacant by the late Olubadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who died on January 19, 2016, despite the pronouncement by the Olubadan-in-Council that Adetunji, who is the Balogun Olubadan is next in rank to be crowned the next Olubadan.
Oyediji and other Seriki chiefs, had through their counsel, Abideen Adeniran, approached Justice Mukhtar Abimbola of the state High Court to restrain the Olubadan-in-Council from installing th?e Olubadan-designate, Adetunji, as the next Olubadan pending the determination of the applications filed before the court.
Adeniran said the applications were filed before the court because his clients were aware that the defendants had, “Perfected the plan of tampering with the Res in this case, illegally. The Res is the Olubadan of Ibadan chieftaincy stool, which is now vacant.”
Ruling on the applications, Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Abimbola said he would not grant the interim order application.
He said, “I want all other parties to be put on notice so as to be able to respond appropriately, consolidate the applications for the case to move on. Aside this, even if the vacant stool is filled illegally, the court can remove ?the occupier. The Res is not a perishable commodity. So, I hereby refuse the application for interim order. I will not grant any interlocutory injunction since there is an intervening application.”
Credit : Punch