Court Sacks Ekiti Monarch Over Lopsided Selection

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

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

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

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.

In a verdict read by Justice E. O Dawodu-williams,the court validated the first selection process held on November 2, 2009,which produced Prince Adekunle 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..

Counsel to the appellant, Mr. Obafemi Adewale, said they would proceed to supreme court to file an appeal against the judgement.

Counsel to the respondent/ Claimant, Mr. T. J. omidoyin, described the judgement as a deserving one..

Oba Ajibade was installed in 2009/during the administration of Governor Segun Oni,following which the Prince Adebiyi approached the High court in Ikole-Ekiti, urging it to nullify the selection process that produced the king and upheld the first one conducted that produced him.

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