Ibadan-based lawyer Chief Michael Lana advised Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State not to rush the installation of a new Olubadan from Ibadanland due to the existence of a lawsuit involving Senator Lekan Balogun, just after the stool and the state government.
Lana, in a letter to the governor; Professor Oyelowo Oyewo (SAN), the state commissioner for justice and attorney general and the state justice ministry, on Monday in Ibadan, advised Makinde to take it easy after the ongoing trial.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) recalls that Oba Saliu Adetunji, 93, the 41st Olubadan in Ibadan, died Sunday morning at University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan from an illness.
NAN reports that Oba Adetunji ascended to the throne of his ancestors on March 4, 2016.
Lana said Balogun, who is expected to be the new Olubadan, went to court to overturn the consent judgment which overturned gazettes that recognized high chiefs and Baals as Obas in Ibadanland.
According to him, the administration of the late chief Abiola Ajimobi in 2017 conferred the title of Obaship on certain high chiefs and Baals, “thus disrupting the smooth rise of the chiefdom of Ibadanland”.
Lana recalled that the rights granted to chiefs to wear crowns and beaded crowns were contested by Grand Chief Rashidi Ladoja, whereupon the court overturned the said award.
“Consequently, the Court of Appeal, in appeal n ° CA / IB / 99/2018, quashed the said judgment on technical grounds, sending it back to the High Court for a new trial,” he said. declared.
The lawyer reminded Makinde that when he took office as state governor, the case was resolved amicably through a settlement, which became the court judgment.
According to him, the Grand Chiefs and Baals have taken two separate actions to overturn the judgment by consent, while clinging to the title of Obas.
This, he said, amounted to contempt of court.
Lana particularly mentioned that “one of the cases was instituted by Balogun in the case n ° 1/22/2020-HRM OBA (SENATOR) LEKAN BALOGUN & ORS V GOVERNOR OF OYO STATE & ORS”.
He further explained that since the Olubadan Chiefdom Declaration of 1957 had not been amended, it therefore remained in effect.
As part of the statement, he said that no Oba can ascend the throne of Olubadan.
“In other words, as long as the High Chiefs clung to the title of Oba, they could not ascend the throne.
“Any installation of any of them during this trial is illegal, null and void,” he said.
According to him, the way forward will be for the chiefs to withdraw the aforementioned cases or wait for the court to rule.
“If the court judges that they have the right to be Oba and wear beaded crowns, then they are perpetually prohibited from becoming another Oba.
“Nowhere in the customary law of a Yoruba town is an Oba raised to become another Oba.
“If, on the other hand, the court upholds the terms of settlement position and their Obaship title is illegal, then they are free to be elevated to the position of Olubadan,” Lana said.
However, the state justice commissioner and attorney general could not be reached for comment on the letter.
All efforts by the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) correspondent to make phone calls to him were unsuccessful.