Court sacks Ooni’s sec­ond-in-com­mand, or­ders re­place­ment

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An Osun State High Court on Wed­nes­day sacked the Obalufe of Ife, Chief Idowu Adedi­wura, and di­rected the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adey­eye Ogun­wusi, to, within 21 days, filled the stool with a can­di­date from the Aga Rul­ing House.

Obalufe is the tra­di­tional prime min­is­ter of Ife and he is next to Ooni in rank.

Jus­tice Foluke Awolalu of the Osun State High Court sit­ting in Osogbo, in her judg­ment on the suit in­sti­tuted by Abay­omi Elug­buji on be­half of self and the Aga Rul­ing House, held that the in­stal­la­tion of Adedi­wura was not in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of Ife Chief­taincy

Dec­la­ra­tion of 1957.

The court had ear­lier dis­missed the pre­lim­i­nary ob­jec­tion filed by Adedi­wura seek­ing that the mat­ter be dis­missed be­cause there were sim­i­lar cases al­ready in­sti­tuted on the same mat­ter.

On the merit of the case, the court held that go­ing by the Ife Chief­taincy Dec­la­ra­tion of 1957, it was the turn of Aga Rul­ing House to pro­duce Obalufe and not Ajag­bus­iekun, where Adedi­wura that was even­tu­ally in­stalled hails from.

The court also re­strained Adedi­wura from parad­ing self as Obalufe.

Com­ment­ing on the mat­ter, coun­sel for the plain­tiff, Mr Babafemi Akande, de­scribed the judg­ment as “sound and clear,” adding that a Chief­taincy Dec­la­ra­tion once reg­is­tered had be­come the law.

“The law is very clear, no­body is above the law and no one is be­low it. So the judge gave the judg­ment in ac­cor­dance with the dic­tates of the law,” Akande said.

Ef­forts to get Adedi­wura’s re­ac­tion to the judg­ment proved fu­tile, as calls to his phone num­ber rang out, while text mes­sage sent to him was not replied as of the time of fil­ing this re­port.

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