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Royal Crisis: Family drags Fayemi to court, wants Oba-elect disqualified

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Royal Crisis: Family  drags  Fayemi to court, wants Oba-elect disqualified

Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ado Ekiti — The Famokiti royal family of Orin Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State , has dragged Governor Kayode Fayemi to court over alleged imposition of someone from unknown royal family as a new Olorin-elect.

A suit number HAD/44/20, filed at the  Ekiti State High Court , Ado Ekiti Division, seek the nullification of the selection of one Adeniran Oluwafemi Ajibewa from Ajibewa ruling house as Olorin-elect on the premise that such royal dynasty never existed in the history of the town.

The suit was filed by Princes Gbenga Fajulugbe, Olaniyi Fajulugbe and Segun Olatoye, representing Famokiti royal dynasty as plaintiffs.

Joined as defendants are: Adeniran Ajibewa(1st), Samuel Ajibewa(2nd), Governor Kayode Fayemi(3rd), the Attorney General( 4th), Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs(5th) and Secretary, Ido/Osi local government(6th).

In the legal document  deposed to by their  Lawyer, Obafemi Adewale, the plaintiffs said the selection was a flagrant violation of the Ekiti State Chieftaincy Law, Olorin Chieftaincy Review of 1977  and Morgan Report of 1988, which only recognised Famokiti and Olubunmo as the two existing ruling houses in the town.

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The plaintiffs contended that the recent Justice Jide Aladejana Judicial panel of enquiry set up by Fayemi to review Chieftaincy matters in Ekiti turned down the request for the creation of Ajibewa dynasty  and gave vivid recommendation that only Famokiti and Olubunmo should be recognised.

Based on this this they prayed for an injunctive order setting aside the selection, nomination and approval of 1st defendant  as Olorin-elect .

They also sought an order  restraining   the governor or its agents from going ahead with the installation or taking further steps ,pending the determination of the substantive case.

Also sought “is a declaration that the 1st defendant is neither from Famokiti nor Olubunmo and that Famokiti is the next to produce the new Olorin.

“Also a declaration that the principle of rotation should be followed and to also proclaim  the 1st defendant’s selection and approval  null, void and illegal.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants from parading themselves or allowed themselves to be held out as members of Olorin Chieftaincy ruling houses”.

Following the selection and approval of Adeniran Ajibewa as Olorin-elect, the two ruling houses, had on 4th of June, 2020 written a protest letter to the governor, saying Oluwafemi Ajibewa was not a recognised Prince in the town.

The letter written through the Law Chambers of Obafemi Adewale and Co, insisted that the gazette purportedly signed on 3rd June , 1999 , which established Ajibewa royal dynasty was a product of forgery and a  flagrant mutilation of historical facts about the community.

However, the state government via the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prof Adio Folayan, had always maintained that due diligence was followed in the selection  and that no law or tradition was circumvented.

The stool became vacant following the demise of Oba Oluwole Olubunmo in 2015.

Vanguard News Nigeria 

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