Alaafin stool: Absence of judge stalls hearing in suit filed by nine royal families

The absence of the presiding judge on Thursday stalled the hearing in the suit seeking the inclusion of nine royal families in the selection of the new Alaafin of Oyo.

The Alaafin stool became vacant as a result of the transition of Oba Lamidi Atanda Olayiwola Adeyemi, who joined his ancestors in April 2022 at the age of 83.

While the selection process for the 46th Alaafin of Oyo has since commenced, nine out of the 11 royal families from the Abiodun Atiba dynasty have called for the inclusion of their kinsmen in the selection process.

The nine families argued that it was wrong to allow only two families, Alowolodu and Agunloye, to produce the Alaafin of Oyo.

Three members of the nine families (named the Atiba 9) had filed a suit at the Oyo State High Court in Oyo town for the families’ inclusion in the selection process.

They are seeking an order directing the state government to review the Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy Declaration to include the nine royal families. Their argument is premised on the 1976 State Executive Council Resolution that pronounced the declaration defective for excluding the nine families.

The families are seeking an order voiding the declaration and rendering it invalid for the selection of a new Alaafin.

The absence of the presiding judge, however, stalled the hearing on Thursday.

The court subsequently gave November 28 as the new hearing date.

(Daily Post)

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Obasanjo fumes, orders traditional rulers to stand, welcome him

There was mild drama on Friday when former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a trending video on social media, ordered some Yoruba monarchs to stand up and greet him.

Obasanjo who was in Oyo state on the invitation of Governor Seyi Makinde made the remarks during the commissioning of a 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin Road and the completed Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Iseyin Campus, which houses the College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources.

He said in Yoruba, “I greet the kings and chiefs here sitting; I am grateful that you are here. Let me say this: wherever the president or governor is, the kings present must stand up to honour him.

“In Yoruba land, there are two things that are most respected among others: age and position. When a governor is still in power, he’s more powerful than any king.

“Even when I was president, I prostrated for kings outside, and when we went inside, the kings would prostrate for me. So, let’s always celebrate our culture.”

(Punch)

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New Soun of Ogbomoso installed, traditional rites to commence soon – Kingmakers

A former pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Prince Afolabi Ghandi Laoye, on Friday, was installed as the new Soun of Ogbomosoland in Oyo State.

The PUNCH had reported that Laoye, who was based in the United States of America, arrived in Ogbomoso early in the morning in a private chopper, which landed at Ogbomoso Grammar School, before moving to the palace.

It will be also be recalled that the Soun of Ogbomoso stool became vacant after Oba Jimoh Oyewumi transited to the great beyond, on December 12, 2021.

However, some members of the family opposed the approval, thereby heading to court, arguing that he was not part of the process right from the beginning and that he shouldn’t be crowned against their wish.

The family members instituted the suit, marked HOG/27/2022, in July 2022, against the nomination of Ghandi Olaoye by the kingmakers, citing various irregularities in the procedures that produced him thereby praying the court to, among other reliefs, set aside the nomination and to order a fresh process.

The judge, A.K. Adedokun, fixed the judgement day after Olaoye’s counsel, Oladapo Atanda, and Kolawole Fatoye, who represented Ghandi and the kingmakers adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the suit.

The defendants in the case include the Oyo State Governor, Oyo State Attorney General, Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Ogbomoso North Local Government, Ogbomoso North Traditional Council, and Prince Amos Olawole Olaoye (Mogaji Olaoye Ruling House) who are 1st to 6th defendants respectively.

The 7th to 11th defendants are the kingmakers: Chief S.O. Otolorin (Areago of Ogbomoso and Chairman), Chief Salawu Ajadi (Jagun), Chief Tijani Abioye (Bara), Cheif David Adeniran Ojo (Ikolaba) and Chief Yusuf Oladipupo (Abese) while Prince Ghandi Olaoye, the Soun nominee, is the 12th defendant.

The plaintiff, while claiming that the regulations guiding the nomination to fill the vacant stool of Soun Chieftaincy Ogbomoso which include the Soun Chieftaincy Declaration (1958), Ogbomoso District Native Authority Resolution (1953) and Oyo State Chiefs Law (2000) were grossly violated, sought relief that the procedure for Ghandi’s nomination was inconclusive in that a minority committee performed the task instead of the whole members of the family.

“A declaration that the procedure adopted for the nomination of candidate or candidates to fill the vacant stool of Soun of Ogbomoso Chieftaincy by the members of Laoye Ruling House through the purported 11-member screening committee was inconclusive.

“The member of the Olaoye ruling house as a family was denied their legal right of having a final say in voting and/or ratifying the aforesaid report at the time the kingmakers acted upon it, not strictly the method envisaged under the native law and custom, the Laoye ruling house as a body entitled to nominate a candidate for appointment to the stool of Soun and not by the minority of the members of the larger body.”

He wanted the court to declare that the active participation of the 4th defendant (Ogbomoso North Local Government) in the process leading to the emergence of Ghandi Olaoye rather than being a mere observer invalidates the process.

The claimant, therefore, sought orders of the court to set aside the nomination of Ghandi, noting the procedure that produces him contravenes native law and custom for the selection of a candidate for selection of a new Soun.

In addition, the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th defendants represented by Kolawole Fatoye, Olalekan Oguntoye and O.E. Igene filed counter-claims to which the claimant also filed defence.

The legal team of 7th to 10th defendants which also represented Ghandi, urged the court to “dismiss the claim and grant the counterclaim” noting that “all the procedure as itemized above clearly showed that the 12th defendant was duly nominated by the Laoye ruling house and selected by the kingmakers.”

It asserted that the plaintiff filed “this action because the selection did not favour him having participated along with others in the nomination and selection exercise.”

The judge, Adedokun, therefore, fixed October 3 for the judgement.

On Saturday, September 2, however, the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, had in a statement by his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, approved the selection of Olaoye as the next Soun.

Again, on Thursday, the state High Court in Ogbomoso restrained the governor, the Attorney General of the State and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters either by themselves, agents, or officials from presenting any instrument of office in any form of ceremony or issuance of the certificate of installation to Olaoye until the final determination of the mandatory injunction already filed before the court.

However, the new monarch was at the palace, on Friday, for an official installation which was performed at Abata by the kingmakers led by the Areago High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin.

The kingmakers said they did not receive any court injunction restraining them from installing Ghandi as the new Soun of Ogbomoso.

He is billed to commence the traditional rites soon.

The new Oba is proclaimed His Imperial Majesty, Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye Orumogege III.

(Punch)

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Makinde appoints new Soun of Ogbomoso

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved the appointment of Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye as the new Soun-elect of Ogbomosoland.

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, said in a statement on Saturday that the announcement followed the long-drawn processes specified under the law.

He said “His Excellency congratulates the new Soun-elect on his ascension to the throne of his forebears.”

The Commissioner said the exalted position has placed the monarch-elect in the position to facilitate harmony, understanding and tolerance amongst his people.

The Commissioner also urged all sons and daughters of the ancient city of Ogbomoso to work with the monarch to consolidate the successes of his forefathers.

Platinum reports that the last occupant of the stool, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, joined his ancestors on December 12th, 2021 at 111years.

Oba Oyewunmi ascended the throne on October 24, 1973 and ruled the ancient town for almost five decades.

Details later…

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Makinde diverts N5.7bn, palliatives, Oyo APC raises alarm

The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, on Tuesday, cried out over the alleged diversion of funds and food items donated to the state by the Federal Government to cushion the effects of hardship on the populace following the removal of fuel subsidy by the President Bola Tinubu administration.

The PUNCH had reported that Tinubu announced that his government would come up with palliative measures aimed at minimising the pang of hunger and economic hardship among the poor in the country.

It will also be recalled that some of these intervention funds and items had been reportedly released through the state and local governments in the last few weeks while some state governments such as Kwara and Ogun openly confirmed the development.

A statement by the APC Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, in Ibadan, the state capital, on Tuesday, berated the PDP administration in the state for deliberately withholding information relating to the receipt, distribution and management of funds and food items delivered to the Oyo State government as the share of the good people of the state.

He said, “Virtually all the states of the federation have declared the receipt of, at least, two billion naira out of the five billion which the Federal Government has earmarked as funds to be paid to the poorest of the poor through the states.

“Last week, neighbouring Osun and Kwara states acknowledged the payment of the sum of two billion naira to their purse but Makinde kept this away from the public knowledge in his usual character.

“For about six weeks now, the whereabouts of the three thousand bags of rice which Makinde got from Abuja remains unknown to the people of the state and there are indications that these have been diverted the same way they did with COVID-19 relief materials presented by Federal Government, corporate organisations and individual philanthropists.

“We also put it to Makinde to explain the reason behind his order on local government council chairmen to transfer (to the state government account) the two tranches of N56m paid to their council accounts between August 16 and 18 this year by the federal government as the shares of the third tier of government.

“The 33 local government councils in the state got a total of N3.696b but they could not utilize a dime from the funds for the purpose which the money was meant to serve.

“It is evident that the orchestrated Palliative Committee set up by Gov. Makinde about four weeks ago was just to fool the public as the committee would not have anything to do in the long run.

“We won’t be surprised though if the state government released a few bags of rice and noodles to the committee in the coming days and asked them to distribute the same to a few PDP members just to create an impression that the target population of poor people in society have benefitted,” Sadare submitted.

(Punch)

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