The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Thursday turned down moves by Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, to settle the Olubadan chieftaincy case involving the controversial coronation of 21 kings by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The appellate court in its judgment ordered that the case be taken back to the High Court for trial before another judge.
The appeal was filed by former Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi against Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Senator Rasidi Ladoja, and Chairman of the Olubadan Chieftaincy Review Panel, Justice Akintunde Boade (retd), as respondents.
Both the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the Osi Olubadan separately sued the former governor, the state government and the 21 new kings at the state High Court.
While the lower court had delivered judgment in the case filed by Ladoja, it had not done so in the litigation instituted by the Olubadan.
Makinde, having inherited the matter last Tuesday opted for an out-of-court settlement to restore peace, unity and good relationships between the Olubadan and his estranged chiefs.
Meanwhile, Ladoja had earlier secured the judgment of the High Court, which ruled that the processes leading to the crowing and installation of more kings in Ibadan as illegal, null, void and of no effect.
Following moves by Makinde to reconcile the Olubadan-in-Council via terms of settlement, the Attorney-General, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, informed the appellate court of the progress made on the matter.
He subsequently filed an application to settle the case out-of-court.
Recall that on January 19, 2018, an Ibadan High Court presided over by Justice O. I. Aiki granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the governor, his agent or servant from accepting, implementing or gazetting any recommendation made by the judicial commission of inquiry over the 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration of the Olubadan and other related matters.
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