Ibadan Chieftaincy: High Chiefs Ladoja, Lekan Balogun drag Ajimobi, Review Commission To Court

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The Osi Olubadan and former governor of Oyo State, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja and the Otun  Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun on Friday dragged Governor Abiola Ajimobi to court over the planned review of the Ibadan 1957 Chieftaincy Law.

The Ibadan 1957 Chieftaincy law stipulated the succession order to the throne of the Olubadan of Ibadanland

In the suit filed by the two leading members of the Olubadan in Council, marked m/317/2017 prayed the Oyo state High court to restrain the seven-man judicial commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Ajimobi on May 19 “from sitting, accepting any memorandum or in any way taking any step in furtherance of its assignment, pending the determination of motion on notice in respect of the subject.”

High Chiefs Balogun and Ladoja in the suit filed by their counsel, Barrister Michael Lana maintained that the judicial panel said by Governor Ajimobi to have been constituted under Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Chiefs Law 2000 was invalid, as the governor lacked the power to change or amend the customary law relating to the selection of Olubadan.

According to the Olubadan in Council members,”the primary aim of the Chiefs Law was that traditional institutions must be guided and operated not in accordance with modern dictates as argued by the governor but by the customary rules of each community’.

The Ibadan High Chiefs added that “only the Chieftaincy Committee which made the 1957 Olubadan Declaration and which must be peopled by recognised chiefs and not any judicial commission could amend the law’ and
that the certain situations, including ” insufficient description of Olubadan selection process, must exist to warrant such amendment.

“Before setting up the commission, the governor never said that any of the situations happened to the 1957 Olubadan Declaration that has been used seamlessly without conflict, dispute or rancor to enthrone successive Olubadans. The provision relating to the declaration is mainly to put the customary law into written instrument in the custody of the government and not that it gives the government the right to change the customary law relating to a chieftaincy to suit its own purpose” they said.

High Chiefs Balogun and Ladoja in the suit stressed that part from the alleged illegality of the commission  *only two members of the panel are Ibadan indigenes”, saying “it was improper for non-Ibadans to determine the fate of Ibadan indigenes on issues relating to the emergence of the Olubadan”.

“That Ibadan has issues with Oyo over the Council of Obas and one of the members of the commission Prince Wasiu Gbadegesin, is in line to the throne of Alaafin of Oyo and will therefore be biased against the peaceful and rancor-free method of selecting the Olubadan of Ibadanland,”

Source: New Nigerian Newspapers

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