The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Thursday struck out a motion filed by the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja seeking quashing of the Oyo state government gazette that officially empowers the newly elevated and crowned Obas in Ibadanland.
The Court at the proceedings also adjourned the hearing of the main Appeal on the Judgment of an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on the Chieftaincy laws till May, 27.
The three-man panel of judges headed by Justice Nonyerem Okoronkwo while ruling on the motion maintained that the thrust of the relief sought by the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland was invoking the court to set aside the gazette which approved the crowing of the Obas.
The Appeal Court held that the gazette which the motion seeks the court to set aside was not the subject matter at the lower court.
According to Justice Okoronkwo together with h Justice A. Talba and Justice F. Ojo, dealing with such an issue at this point of the Appeal may involve dwelling into the main appeal, saying, “we refuse to entertain the issue and urged the appellant to incorporate it in the main appeal and the motion is hereby strikeout,’’
Governor Abiola Ajimobi had headed for Appeal Court to challenge High Chief Ladoja victory at an Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan which set aside the recommendation of his committee of inquiry on the review of the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy declaration, which recommended crowning of 21 new Obas in Ibadanland.
In the Oyo state High Court judgment, Justice Olajumoke Aiki nullified the processes that led to the crowning of the 21 kings in a suit brought before by Ladoja against the exercise. Ajimobi, however, appealed the judgment.
Africa News24 (AN24) recalled that Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Sunday, August 27, 2017, crowned eight Ibadan High Chiefs and 13 Baales in the city, performed the elevation and crowning ceremony at Mapo Hall in Ibadan.