The former Governor of Oyo State and Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, has filed a suit against Governor Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Attorney-General and 11 monarchs over the recent elevation of high chiefs to kings.
It would be recalled that the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, had on Friday crowned the high chiefs as Obas, following the review of the Oyo State’s Chieftaincy Law by Makinde but Ladoja, who had kicked against the crowning of the high chiefs as obas, had been absent at the ceremony.
The first Defendant in the suit is Oba Balogun, while the 12th Defendant is Governor Makinde. The second to the 11th defendants are the crowned Obas.
Ladoja is asking the court for a declaration that the inauguration/constitution of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to review the existing 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration of the Olubadan of Ibadan land and other related matters, particularly to review the requirement/qualification for ascendancy to the Olubadan from Otun and Balogun lines is ultra vires the Governor of Oyo State, contrary to the extant Chiefs Law Cap 28 Laws of Oyo State unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.