By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Owa ‘Tapa of Itapa Ijesa, Dr. Olapade Agoro, has dragged Governor Rauf Aregbesola to court for allegedly casting “a non-existing State of Osun out of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Dr Agoro in a suit with number: FHC/IB/CS/90/2016 also joined the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Osun state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, and the Osun state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy in the suit.
In the notice of application for order enforcing a fundamental right dated September 5, 2016,Dr Agoro prayed the Federal High court sitting in Ibadan to determine “if it is not an illegal, abnormality,traitorous and treasonable felony action for Governor Rauf Aregbesola to declare himself as the governor of “non-existing State of Osun”.
He stressed in the notice of application for order enforcing a fundamental right supported with a 22-paragraph affidavit deposed to by himself, that the court should determine if it will “not be inconsistent with the stipulation in chapter 1, part 1 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for Governor Aregbesola to have cast a non-existing State of Osun out of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Dr Agoro further asked the Federal High court to determine “if it does not amount to an abuse of official power for Aregbesola, having being sworn-in as the governor of Osun state, to collect revenue allocations from the Federal Government Revenue Allocations Commission in the name of Osun state and convert the usages of such revenues for the use and advantage of a non-existing State of Osun”.
He based his submission on the facts “that there are only 36 states stipulated under chapter 1, sub section 3 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and that the State of Osun is not included”.
Dr Agoro maintained that “since the State of Osun is totally unknown to the constitution of Nigeria, the court should determine if it will not be illegal for Governor Aregbesola to have appointed some individuals to various positions, chieftaincy titles etc., and to have signed letters of approval appointing various people to various positions under the seal of a non-existing State of Osun”.