Ibadan Chieftaincy Crisis Gets Messier as Obas Serve Olubadan 21-day Deposition Notice

The Ibadan chieftaincy crisis has got messier with the issuance of a 21-day deposition notice to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, by the Obas in Council.
The Obas are accusing Oba Adetunji of acts unbecoming of his office as the paramount ruler of the ancient town.
The traditional rulers led by Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, gave the notice on Monday at a press conference at the Mapo Hall, Ibadan.
Among the many allegations levelled against the monarch was taking actions on behalf of the council without inputs from members.
They also accused him of inciting the people against the state government, saying this was not representative of the relationship between the council and the government.
The Obas also queried the meetings of the Olubadan-in-Council, saying they were not conducted properly.
They further accused the Olubadan of allowing interests within and outside the palace to manipulate him to their own advantage.
Though the Obas said they were not keen on deposing the Olubadan, they said the council would recommend his removal from office to the Governor if he failed to change.
Other members of the council, who attended the conference were Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, Balogun of Ibadaland; Oba Abimbola Tajudeen Ajibola, Osi Balogun of Ibadanland and Oba Eddy Oyewole, Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Others were Oba Lateef Gbadamosi Adebimpe, Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland; Oba Amidu Ajibade, Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanland and Oba Kola Adegbola, Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland.
Recall there has been a running battle between Oba Adetunji and Oyo State government over elevation of Chiefs to Kings by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi led government.
This nudged the matter to the court to adjudicate whether the Governor was right to have crowned Chiefs as kings without the consent of the Olubadan.
The Governor, who was sued alongside 23 others, had earlier on August 27 crowned 21 new kings in Ibadan land.
In the suit, which was filed at the High Court of Justice of Oyo State and dated September 19, the monarch alleged that the Governor violated the Chiefs Laws Cap 28. He also argued that Ajimobi lacks the power and authority to confer anybody the right to wear a beaded crown.
Joined in the suit are the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, the local chiefs (Baales) who were conferred with kingship status and the eight high chiefs who were elevated to kings.
According to the Olubadan, the Governor did not consult with the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs before taking the decision, which makes the crowing exercise illegal and void.
In the suit, the monarch is seeking an order setting aside the Gazette 14 and 15 of Volume 42 of August 23 and 24, 2017, made by the Governor and which conferred the right to wear crown and coronet on the elevated high chiefs and baales.
Some of the orders the Olubadan sought include:
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the fourth to 24th defendants from wearing of beaded crown/coronet crown and from parading themselves as beaded crown/coronet crown wearing Obas in Ibadan land.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the first defendant by himself or any of his officials, servants or agents acting pursuant to his instructions from initiating any process or taking any step towards intimidating, harassing, threatening, suspending, removing deposing or taking any action whatsoever detrimental to the Claimant personally or his office as the Olubadan of Ibadanland, more particularly with respect to the crisis caused by the purported amendment to the Olubadan chieftaincy Declaration and Related Matters as contained in Gazettes No 14 and 15 at volume 42 of 23rd and 24th of August, 2017.
“Declaration that for there to be an amendment to the 1959 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration the Chieftaincy Committee proposing such amendment must be composed of Recognised chiefs by virtue of provision of Section 5 (2) of the chiefs Law of Oyo state CAP 28 laws of Oyo state.
“Declaration that for there to be an amendment of the 1959 Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration, there must be in existence a Chieftaincy Committee set up in accordance with the provisions of the Chiefs Law of Oyo state 2000.
“Declaration that the first defendant does not possess the power and authority to confer on anybody/person including the fourth to 24th defendants the right to wear a beaded crown and coronet crown in violation of the Chiefs Law Cap 28 Laws of Oyo state 2000.
“Declaration that the elevation of the 4th to 24th defendants to the rank/level of an Oba (king) and installation of the said 4th to 24th defendants as kings entitled to wear beaded crown and/or coronet crown by the first defendant without a consultation with the Oyo state council of Obas and Chiefs is illegal, null and void and ultra-vires the powers of the first defendant under chiefs law CAP 26 laws of Oyo state.
“An order setting aside gazette no 14 and 15 of volume 42 of 23rd and 24th August, 2017 respectively made by the first defendant which confer on the 4th and 24th defendants the right to wear beaded crown and coronet crowns, same being in breach violation and in conflict with the provisions of the chiefs laws cap 28 laws of Oyo state, 2000.
“An order setting aside the installation of the 4th to 24th defendants (done on Sunday 27th August, 2017) made pursuant to gazette No 14 and 15 of volume 42 of 23rd and 24th August 2017 as same is in conflict with the provision of the chiefs law cap 28 laws of Oyo state 2000 and is to that extent null and void.”

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