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Olubadan chieftaincy review: Ladoja asks court to quash panel report

The Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rasidi Ladoja has approached an Oyo State High Court to set aside the report submitted to Governor Abiola Ajimobi by Justice O.A Akintunde-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration.

The commission, DAILY POST reports was inaugurated on May 19th 2017 with the mandate to, among others, review the process leading to the emergence of the Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The panel submitted its report to the governor last Friday and recommended the crowning of about 32 Obas in Ibadan with Olubadan as the paramount ruler.

Our correspondent gathered that the constitution of the panel among other things have been a subject of a litigation filed by Ladoja, who had asked the court to restrain the panel from sitting or accepting memoranda from people pending the determination of the suit.

Ladoja who is the National Leader of Accord Party and former governor, ruled the state between 2003 and 2007 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Lead counsel to the applicant, (Ladoja) Chief Michael Lana, in a motion filed before Justice M.I Sule, on Monday, asked the court to nullify the proceedings of the panel and its report.

Chief Lana also prayed the court to compel Justice Boade and members of the panel to appear before it to explain why they should not be slammed with contempt.

But the motion could not be moved as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Oluwaseun Abimbola, who appeared for Governor Ajimobi, said the governor was yet to be served with the processes.

However, the application to have the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun, removed from the suit was moved by Lana.

Balogun, who initially jointly filed the suit with Ladoja, later backed out.

After listening to the parties, Justice Sule adjourned to September 5, to enable the Attorney General be properly served and file his reply to the processes.



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