By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital has struck out an application filed by the Oniye of Iye-Ekiti, Oba Jonathan Adeleye-Oni to stop the relocation of the headquarters of Ilejemeje Local Government from the town to neighbouring Eda Oniyo.
The monarch had filed the application to restrain the state government from implementing the December 14, 2018 Supreme Court judgment which ordered the movement of the council headquarters from Iye to Eda Oniyo.
The apex court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour ordered Ekiti State government to relocate the Ilejemeje council headquarters to holding that “there was no known law backing the siting of the local government headquarters at Iye.”
Oba Adeleye-Oni had approached the court seeking a perpetual injunction to restrain the state government from implementing the decision of the Supreme Court.
At the court’s sitting on Monday, counsel to Oba Adeleye-Oni, Mr. N. A. Ewelike told the court that he intended to withdraw the application for injunction to enable the court speed up hearing of the substantive suit.
According to him, since the application contained the same prayers that were on the substantive suit, it would be expedient on his part to withdraw it to allow for accelerated hearing of the substantive suit.
But counsel to the Eleda of Eda Oniyo, Oba Julius Awolola, Mr. Kayode Adetifa, argued that the court should dismiss the motion with cost since he had filed a counter motion.
While giving its ruling, Justice Abiodun Adesodun struck out the application and awarded N20, 000 cost in favour of the Respondent.
Justice Adesodun adjourned hearing in the substantive suit to Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 for further hearing.