Barely four and half years former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, promoted and some High Chiefs and Baales numbering 21 as crown wearing Obas in Ibadanland on August 27, 2017, a state High Court on Tuesday set aside all gazettes to the promotion and coronation.
In granting the terms of settlement jointly filed by the state government and the claimant who doubles as the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, Justice A. Aderemi said since the parties had met and agreed, he was left with no option than to set aside the gazette.
It would be recalled that Ladoja had in 2018 won a landmark judgment which quashed all the processes that led to the coronation of some high chiefs and some baales.
Dissatisfied with the lower court’s ruling, Ajimobi appealed same, which was still pending as at May 29, 2019 when he left office.
His successor, Governor Seyi Makinde recently set the ball rolling for an amicable resolution of the dispute which pitted all the 21 ‘kings’ against the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji since 2017.
The government confronted the Court of Appeal with terms of settlement and the latter on August 23 this year referred parties in the controversial coronation of the kings to a lower court.
On Tuesday, the state High Court 2 in the suit no. M / 317 / 2017, between Ladoja as claimant with retired Justice Akintunde Boade for himself and on behalf of all members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Olubadan chieftaincy, as defendants, put seal on the terms of reference brought before it.
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