By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, on Monday reserved judgment in the appeal filed by the Oyo State government against the judgment delivered by Justice Olajumoke Aiki of the Oyo State Hgh Court on the review of the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration elevating Ibadan High Chiefs to beaded crown wearing Obas.
At the resumed hearing of the suit before the Justice Nonyerem Okoronkwo led Appeal court, Counsel the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashid Ladoja, Barrister Michael Lana in a letter informed the court that he was sick and authorised Sanyaolu Akinyele to represent him .
Barrister Lana also filed an application seeking to stay further proceedings in the Appeal pending the determination of a fresh Appeal to the Supreme Court that he filed on behalf of High Chief Ladoja on the refusal of the court to set aside the gazette elevating the new Ibadan Obas.
Arguing the motion for a stay, Counsel to the Appellant, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) and the Attorney General of Oyo State, Oluseun Abimbola said the application “is incompetent as the supposed Appeal to the Supreme Court was filed well out of the statutory time limit.”
The court agreed with the Appellant’s counsel submission and dismissed the application for stay of proceedings.
All other efforts by the counsel to Senator Ladoja, Barrister S S. Akinyele to adjourn the appeal further was opposed by the appellant’s counsel and the Attorney General on the ground that it was a calculated to frustrate the appeal, with the court holding that no reasonable ground exists to adjourn when the counsel on record, Barrister Michael Lana had written to authorise Akinyele to proceed with the appeal and the court took arguments of the parties.
Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) in his argument said the governor had the power to set up the committee to review the chieftaincy law of the state and ensure crowning and coronation of the 21 new Obas in Ibadanland and urged the court to allow the appeal and set aside the judgment of the lower court.
Counsel, to High Chief Ladoja, Barrister Sanyaolu Akinyele, had in his argument prayed the Court of Appeal to uphold the judgment of the lower court and dismiss the application.
The Court after the adoption of brief by the parties in the Appeal reserved its judgment till a date to be communicated to the parties lare.
Other members of the Appeal court are Justice A. Talba and Justice F. Ojo