The Seriki line of Ibadanland were left disappointed as an Oyo State High Court rejected their application to stop the installation of Saliu Adetunji as new Olubadan. Head of the line, Adebayo Oyediji had claimed that he was next in line to ascend the throne following the demise of Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade on 19 January. Oyediji had said the Seriki line had been declared eligible to vie for the throne in a court injunction in 1989. The line pleaded with the court presided over by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Mukhtar Abimbola to suspend the installation pending an outcome of the applications they had earlier filed before it. The state government and other contending lineages to the Olubadan throne were joined as co-respondents.
Their lawyer, Abideen Adeniran, told the court that the Olubadan and Balogun lines had disobeyed a court order by filling all the vacant High Chief positions; Ekerin, Asipa, Otun and Osi. Adeniran asked the court to strip the occupants of the seats.
Justice Abimbola refused to grant the interim order saying all parties had to be put on notice to respond to the Serikis’ claims.
“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 from 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 an interim order. I will not grant any interlocutory injunction since there is an intervening application,” he said.
The Chief Judge, however, granted the application seeking to serve the respondents by placing the summons on the wall of the Olubadan-in-Council’s chamber in Mapo Hall, Ibadan. The case was adjourned till 8 March.
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