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Osun royal family urge gov Adeleke to reverse monarch appointment

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The Olugbode family, representing the Ejitunde Ruling House in Ola town, Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State, has called on Governor Ademola Adeleke to overturn the appointment of Oba Johnson Ajiboye as the Olola of Ola town.

Their plea, conveyed through their legal representative, Fatimah Adesina, comes in response to the state government’s announcement of Prince Johnson Ajiboye as the new Olola on January 3, 2024.

In a letter, Adesina highlighted a pending court case, HEJ/2/2020, filed by David Salako and three other members of the Olugbode family against Ajiboye and others, including the Osun State Attorney General and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Adesina pointed out that a court order issued on December 7, 2020, restrained all parties from taking action on the matter until the case concluded. The family contends that the appointment of Ajiboye contradicts this court order, communicated to Governor Adeleke via a letter dated June 5, 2023.

“The appointment of Ajiboye was prejudicial in the face of the court order, which was communicated to Governor Adeleke via a letter dated June 5, 2023,” said Adesina.

“It was surprising when the news got to our clients today, the 3rd day of January, 2024, about Your Excellency’s decision to approve the candidacy of Mr. Johnson Ajiboye as the purported Olola of Ola despite Your Excellency’s knowledge and or awareness of the pendency of the case under reference in court and the pendency of a subsisting order of interlocutory injunction restraining parties from making and/or accepting such approval,” the lawyer continued.

Adesina insisted that disregarding the law would lead to anarchy and urged the state government to await the court’s final decision before confirming Ajiboye’s appointment.

The Olugbode family emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and expressed hope that Governor Adeleke would reconsider the appointment in light of the pending legal proceedings.

 

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