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Ajimobi: Judge adjourns Olubadan’s suit against governor till November 6

According to him, the Olubadan remains the consenting authority which had not been removed by the elevation of the Baales.

Justice Olujumoke Aiki, the presiding judge in the suit  instituted by the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji,  against Gov.  Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the 21 new Obas, has adjourned till Nov.  6  hearing of  the preliminary objections raised by Kunle Sobaloju, the counsel to the 12th-24th defendants.

At the resumption of the case on Wednesday, lead  counsel to the Olubadan,  Niyi Ajewole, told the court that his team was served with copy of a preliminary objection filed by the defence  counsel  challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.

Ajewole, however, said that he had replied to that effect and had  filed it accordingly.

The  defence counsel, who  affirmed the submission  of the claimant’s  counsel, said that his team filed the objection on the ground that the Olubadan has  no “locus” in challenging the elevation of the Baales to the status of Obas.

“When we raise the issue of locus, it touches the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the claims.

“If he has no locus standard, it means the court has no jurisdiction to entertain the claims, ” Sobaloju said.

He further pointed out that the elevation of the Baales and crowning of the new Obas had  not affected  the Olubadan.

According to him,  the  Olubadan remains the consenting  authority  which had  not been removed by the elevation of the Baales.

Aiki fixed  Nov.  6  to hear the preliminary objection of the defendant before the commencement of the case.

She further directed parties to file all necessary processes in respect of the suit.

Curated: Meets Media.ng

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