By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—The Ife traditional kingmakers yesterday challenged the jurisdiction of an Osogbo High Court over its jurisdiction to adjudicate on who becomes the next Ooni.
The Lafogido ruling house had dragged the kingmakers and Osun State Government to court over their decision to exclude other ruling houses in Ile-Ife except Giesi Ruling House from presenting candidate(s) to fill the vacant stool of Ooni of Ile-Ife.
Sooko Adegoke Ademiluyi and Prince Marcus Adebola Akimoyero on behalf of Lafogido Ruling House was challenging the authority of the Osun State Government and Kingmakers especially the Obalufe of Ile-Ife, Oba Solomon Omisakin and Lowa of Ife, Chief Joseph Ijaduola on the decision to allow only Giesi Ruling House present the next Ooni.
While the case was pending in the court, the plaintiffs (Lafogido Ruling House) asked for the exclusion of the first defendant, Governor Aregbesola, from the suit.
At the resumed sitting yesterday, counsels to the respondents, Mr Wale Afolabi, who is also a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and Mr Peter Ogunleye, told the court that issue of jurisdiction was fundamental and should be addressed first, before considering notice of discontinuance with the first respondent.
But the respondents, Obalufe and Lowa of Ile-Ife, contented that the court lacked merit to hear the original suit, hence should not determine the exclusion of the first respondent or any other motion in the case.
However, the Presiding judge, Chief Justice Adepele Ojo, adjourned the case till Friday October 9, 2015.