Obaship Tussle: Court Sacks Ekiti Monarch over Illegal Selection Process

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti, has sacked the Owa of Odo Ayedun, Oba Ilesanmi Ajibade over illegal selection process leading to his emergence.

The Appeal Court in its decision upheld the decision of the Ekiti State High Court which nullified the selection and appointment of Oba Ajibade.

Oba Ajibade was installed in 2009/during the administration of Governor Segun Oni, following which the Prince Adebiyi approached the high court in Ikole to nullify the selection process that produced the king.

The Court in its unanimous decision on Tuesday held that Ekiti State Government erred to have cancelled the first selection process and immediately ordered for a fresh one since it has no absolute Powers in law to do so.

While delivering judgement Justice E. O Dawodu-williams validated the first selection process held on November 2, 2009, which produced Prince Kunle Adeniyi, an assistant director in the state ministry of information as Owa of Odo Ayedun Ekiti.

Justice Dawodu-Williams who resolved all the issues formulated for determination in the case against the appellant and in favour of the respondent Prince Adeniyi Adekunle affirmed the lower court judgement on the obaship tussle.

The Court further held that there was no evidence before the court which showed that the Selection Process that produced the claimant was marred by violence as alleged by the appellant and dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

The Counsel to the respondent/ Claimant, Mr. T. J. Omidoyin, described the judgement as the triumph of justice over outright illegality.

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The Counsel to the appellant, Mr Obafemi Adewale, said they would proceed to Supreme Court to file an appeal against the judgement.

The Nation

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