Ondo sued over monarch’s appointment

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Prominent traditional chiefs and members of the ruling house in Idoani, Ose local council of Ondo State, have dragged the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, his Attorney-General and
Commissioner for Justice, Eyitayo Jegede SAN and 10 others to an Owo High Court over last week’s appointment of General Olufemi Olutoye (retd) as the Alani of Idoani.
High Chiefs Samson Aladetoun Ologbosere, Musa Sadibo, David Adetola Owusi and Prince Jackson Agunloye Falade, who filed the suit, claimed that they represented the sole ruling house of Obasunloye in Idoani and that the general had no right to the stool because he was not one of them.
Also joined in the suit as defendants, were the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Secretary of Ose Local Government and General Olutoye.
Seven other traditional chiefs of the town, David Ojo, the Alasan, Gbenga Ajana, the Ajana, Soji Ajayi, the Ohunoron, Michael Oluka, the Oluka, Sunday Oludosi, the Oludosi, Adelana Gideon, the Asewa and Kehinde Oshodi complete the list of defendants.
In a 62-paragraph Statement of Claims, signed by their counsel, Olufunmilayo Abitoye (Mrs), the claimants prayed the court for a declaration that the letter dated 16th September, 2013 written and signed by one High Chief Samson Ologbosere did not emanate from the ruling house.
They also sought a declaration that any process that emanated from the letter which they claimed was forged should be deemed “illegal and invalid to the level of its illegality and for being grossly contrary to the Chiefs Law of Ondo State, customs and tradition and Declaration on Alani of Idoani Chieftaincy.”
The claimants also prayed the court to declare that the selection of Olutoye by the chiefs listed as defendants “be set aside and or declared null and void for being inconsistent with the provisions of the Chiefs Law, 1984, Declaration on the Alani of Idoani Chieftaincy, customs and traditions of Idoani people.”
They prayed that the court should declare “that the 5th defendant (Olutoye) is not a member of the Obasunloye ruling house and as such not entitled to be nominated, selected or appointed as the Alani of Idoani by the defendants as this is contrary to the law, customs and traditions of Idoani.”
They further urged the court to declare that the act of the state governor and the executive council of the state “is ultra vires by approving the appointment of the fifth defendant (Olutoye) on Friday 10th October, 2014 when selection and appointment was held on Thursday 9th October 2014 thereby not complying with the provisions of the Ondo State Chiefs Law 1984 consequently depriving the claimants opportunity of fair hearing.”
While no date has been fixed for the commencement of the hearing of the suit, it was gathered that all the defendants have been served with the writ of summons.

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