Court deposes Ondo traditional ruler
Justice Ademola Enikuemehin of an Ondo State High Court has restrained Oba Babajide Lawrence Oluwole from parading himself as the Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo in the Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Council of the state.
Delivering a judgment in the suit marked :HOD/80/2018, filed by Aare Kugbaigbe Ruling House, the judge also restrained the Governor of Ondo State and government officials from further recognising the traditional ruler as the monarch of the community.
The suit was filed on behalf of Aare Kugbaigbe Ruling House by Rufus Adekanye and Temitope Adeoye, the head and secretary respectively.
The claimant through their counsel, Sola Ebiseni, had challenged the appointment of Oba Oluwole, on the ground that he is not a member of the ruling family, which they claimed is to present a candidate to the throne.
The Oba, who was appointed in 2018 was named the fifth defendant in the suit.
While setting aside and nullifying the selection and approval of the appointment of Oba Oluwole as the Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo, the judge directed that the proper processes of selection and appointment to fill the vacant stool of the Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo chieftaincy be set in motion.
“The Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo Chieftaincy in the Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Council of Ondo State is subject to the Declaration in Part Two of Justice Adeloye Judicial Commission Of Inquiry On Chieftaincy and the Chiefs Law CAP 27 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State 200.
“Under the Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo Declaration contained in Part Two of Justice Adeloye’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Chieftaincy Matters, eligibility to the throne is restricted to the descendants of Odo Eleyowo, Are Kugbaigbe, Kuole Oloje, Aderin Ologbenla, and Ajibike Adedimeji of the male lineage, who are thus constituted as the five ruling houses of the chieftaincy.
“By virtue of the Oke-Igbo Declaration contained in Part Two of Justice Adeloye’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Chieftaincy Matters, only members of the said Are Kugbaigbe Ruling House of the male lineage are qualified to be proposed as candidate(s) and be made an Oba at the turn of the Ruling House,” the judge stated.
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