An Oyo State High Court, Ibadan on Thursday fixed Feb. 16 for hearing in a motion seeking to stop the Olubadan-in-Council from appointing the new Olubadan of Ibadan land.
Justice Muktar Abimbola fixed the date at the resumed hearing of a case filed by Chief Adebayo Oyediji and others against the state government, the Council and other contending lines to Olubadan throne.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oyediji of Seriki Chieftancy line is claiming that it is the turn of their line to produce the next Olubadan, following the death of Oba Samuel Odunlana.
The plaintiff is challenging the alleged consistent occupation of the throne by the Olubadan chieftaincy line and the Balogun Chieftaincy line.
When the case came up on Thursday, lawyer to the Olubadan-in-Council, Mr Micheal Lana informed the court that he was just coming into the matter for the first time.
Lana said that he needed time to react to the motion and prayed for an adjournment. Mr Abideen Adediran, the lawyer to the plaintiff, however, opposed the application for adjournment, arguing that his motion has been served on the respondents since Jan.14.
Adediran said the respondents ought to have filed their counter-motion. He alleged that the respondents were seeking the adjournment to delay hearing in the motion and fill the position of Olubadan before the next hearing date.
The lawyer drew the attention of the court to its subsisting order of interim injunction restraining the respondents from filling any of vacant high chief positions of and the Olubadan.
He alleged that the Olubadan and the Balogun lines had disobeyed the order of the court by filling all the vacant high chief positions – “Ekerin’’, “Asipa’’, “Otun’’ and “Osi’’.
Adediran prayed the court to set aside all the purported appointments. Other respondents in the suit are Chief Adeleke Ajani, Chief Saliu Adetunji and Chief Busari Alarape.