By DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE—AFTER 16 years as traditional rulers, the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, yesterday, nullified the staff of office and the instrument of appointments given to the Oralepo of Isinkan, Oba Olu Ojo and Osolo of Isolo, Oba Kayode Oluwatuyi.
The two traditional rulers in some quarters in Akure, the Ondo State Capital were given staff of Office and instrument of appointment by the late governor Adebayo Adefarati almost 12 years ago.
They have been having a running battle with the Deji of Akure over conferment of both honorary and traditional titles on people in their domains.
With this judgment, the Deji of Akure has been confirmed as the paramount traditional ruler of Akure and clashes with the Deji over collection of royalties as recognised Oba has been put to rest.
In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeal presided over by Justices Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Chinwe Eugenia Iyizoba and Moore Adumein, said all the former privileges hitherto enjoyed by the two Oba have been removed.
It equally set aside the judgment of Late Justice Ayodele Akinwalare which recognized the respondents as traditional rulers and the staff of office given to them to function in that capacity.
In that judgment, Justice Akinwalere had acceded to the prayers of the plaintiffs seeking to be recognized as monarchs in their separate domains.
The suit filed on their behalf by Mr Tunde Olofinsawo had as defendants the Governor of Ondo State, State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and the Deji of Akure.
But displeased with the judgment of the lower court, the Deji of Akure in council through its counsel, Mr Gabriel Falowo filed appeal at the appellate court.