Chieftaincy Law Review: Ibadan High Chiefs Drag Makinde, 5 Others To Court


*say they were betrayed

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The prolonged crisis over the Ibadan Chieftaincy laws review by the Senator Abiola Ajimobi-led government took a new twist on Thursday as  Ibadan High Chiefs dragged Governor Seyi Makinde and five others to Court over a High court judgment setting aside the gazette that backed their elevation as Crown wearing Obas.

Also, the Ibadan High Chiefs accused Governor Makinde of insincerity in his dealings with them on the issue by not standing by his promise to be neutral.

Addressing journalists after the meeting of the affected High Chiefs held at Mapo Hall, Ibadan on Thursday, on behalf of other affected High Chiefs, the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun claimed  that Governor betrayed them having “promised to be neutral in the legal crisis”, but allegedly went behind to support the other parties leading to the consent judgment that stripped them of the right to wear beaded crown.” 

High Chief Lekan Balogun said , Governor Makinde has since  been “evading and avoiding” the Ibadan High Chiefs on the matter 

The Otun Olubadan maintained that the High Chiefs were not happy with Governor  Makinde’s  support to the consent judgement that was obtained,as  this was against his earlier assurance that he “would remain neutral on the matter.”

“We love him and supported his administration theoretically and practically and he assured us that he would not interfere in the matter, but by being part of the suit that brought about the consent judgement, we felt betrayed. The fact that he did not deem it fit to dialogue with us before going ahead with the case confirms our conclusion about our unfair treatment”, he said.

According to the Otun Olubadan,”to worsen the matter, the governor has been evading and avoiding us which confirms that his choice has been deliberate which is unfortunate.”

Already, counsel to the Ibadan High Chiefs , Barrister Kunle Sobaloju, (SAN) in a statement said  two separate suits had been filed to challenge the consent judgement made by the Oyo State High Court of Justice setting aside the Gazette backing their elevation .

In the statement,Barrister Sobaloju (SAN) pointed out that the two suits, Governor Makinde, two of his commissioners, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja and Hon. Justice Akintunde Boade (rtd) for himself and on behalf of all members of the judicial commission of Inquiry on the Olubadan chieftaincy review to court over the consent judgement were listed as the respondents respectively


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