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Olubadan Stool: Fresh Controversy as New Court Appeal Threatens Enthronement Of Lekan Balogun

As the people of Ibadan patiently await the enthronement of the Olubadan-elect as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, there might be further delay as a new twist has emerged over the controversy surrounding the nomination, appointment, approval, and announcement of Oba Lekan Balogun, as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.

According to our sources, it was gathered that Balogun and other members of the Olubadan-in-Council who were crowned Obas in 2017 are yet to fulfill their pledge to Governor Seyi Makinde that they would withdraw a case challenging a consent judgment earlier given on the matter.

Oyoaffairs was reliably informed that rather than withdraw the case as they promised Governor Seyi Makinde at a meeting held in Government House two weeks ago, they appear to have resolved to see it to the end.

At the hearing of the case on January 14, Justice Munta Abimbola, who is the Chief Judge of the state, directed parties in the suit to further address the court on the validity or otherwise of the consent judgment given the decision of the Appeal Court.

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The parties, through their lawyers, are to address Justice Abimbola on Tuesday [February 1]. When contacted for comments on whether moves had been made to withdraw the case, a former Attorney General of the state, Michael Lana, told our correspondent that he was surprised to see that Balogun’s lawyers have filed a further written address instead of filing a notice of withdrawal of the case.

Lana, who is counsel for one of the defendants, said he and other lawyers had wanted to appeal the decision of Justice Abimbola that the parties address the court on the validity or otherwise of the consent judgment, but decided against doing so since the claimants said they would withdraw the case.

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“We had 14 days to appeal the decision but waited because the claimants expressed intent to withdraw the case as expressed during their meeting with Governor Makinde.

“But instead of a notice of withdrawal of the case,” he said, “we received their argument which they have filed before the court on the validity or otherwise of the consent judgment,” he said.

He said he had no choice but to approach the Appeal Court to challenge the issue of validity or otherwise of the consent judgment raised by Justice Abimbola.

According to him, the appeal was filed on Thursday, January 27, one day to the expiry of 14 days within which such action must be taken.

On the implication of the appeal, he said the case at the High Court would have to wait for the appeal to be decided.

The High Chiefs made obas are in court to challenge the consent judgment which set aside the gazette that recognized them as obas.

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Reacting to the development, the Senator representing Oyo South and younger brother to the Olubadan-designate, Dr. Kola Balogun had this to say:

“The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) has given a directive that no Ibadan person should comment on the matter again, whether on social media or in the conventional media.

“As a result and because I know prominent Ibadan people are working round the clock to ensure amicable resolution of the matter. For me or any other person to be speaking on the matter is tantamount to violating the directive of the CCII.

“From my knowledge of what is going on, the issue will be laid to rest next week. I may not be able to say more than that” he concluded.

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