By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan today turned down the prayers of the Seriki Chiefs asking the Court to stop the installation of a new Olubadan of Ibadan pending the determination of the substantive suit by the court.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Muktah Abimbola who presided over the matter while refusing the Seriki Chiefs prayers, cautioned that the new Olubadan would be removed if illegally installed by the Olubadan in Council.
At the resumed hearing of the suit filed by the Seriki Chiefs, their Counsel, Barrister Abideen Adeniran had sought an order of substituted service of all relevant processes on the wall of the office of Olubadan-in-Council after which he moved a motion for an order of interim injunction restraining Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Olubadan in council from installing a new Olubadan.
Barrister Adeniran said “we are aware that the defendants have perfected the plan to tamper with the ‘res’ in this case ( the Olubadan chieftaincy stool) illegally”.
However, Justice Abimbola while refusing to restrain Governor Ajimobi and the other defendants, granted the request for substituted service.
Justice Abimbola then adjourned the suit till Tuesday, March 8 this year for further hearing.
Before the commencement of the resumed hearing of the suit, Barrister Adeniran engaged Barrister Oladepo Abiodun who applied to the court for joinder, sayiing, “My lord, the last time we were here in this court, my learned colleague (Micheal Lana) who represented the defendants said he just took over the case and that he needed to go through all the processes and your lordship allowed him. But, today they have not filed a single paper”.
He stressed further that “it has been their ploy since we started this case in 2007”, saying, “that is why I will be opposing this application for joinder. Only one person wants to join now but by next adjourned date, another person will appear. If somebody purposely delays the court, the court cannot just keep on adjourning the case. If this is adjourned, another intervening application will be filed”.
However, while asking the court to expunge the name of Late Oba Odulana from the suit through oral application, Barrister Lana opposed him insisting that “he must file a motion striking out the names. We still have six names and without an application, they still remain”.
Justice Abimbola while reacting said, “I will consolidate the cases so as to make progress. Chieftaincy issues are very simple. Don’t make a non-controversial issue look controversial. I will raise four issues and then expect your written address. Let us remove the dead from the living”.
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.