High Court of Justice in Ikole Ekiti Division, Ekiti State has removed the Owa of Odo Ayedun Ekiti, Oba Ilesanmi Ajibade, over gross abuse of tradition in his selection process.
The Court upheld the position canvassed by the Claimant, Prince Adekunle Adeniyi that he remains the most appropriate person for the coveted seat, having participated in the selection process conducted by six kingmakers in the town.
Adeniyi in the suit number HCL/12/09 filed at the Registry of the Court on July 10, 2013, sought a declaration nullifying the selection of Oba Ajibade (15th respondent) and an order directing the Governor of the State (10th respondent) to approve the nomination of the claimant.
Other reliefs sought include: a declaration that the appointments of the warrant chiefs (11th to 14th defendants) was illegal and an order setting aside the nomination of the15th respondent (Oba Ajibade).
The claimant also claimed that setting aside his nomination for the coveted seat by the kingmakers and set up another selection process where the 15th respondent was ‘wrongful nominated’ was illegal, null and void.
Delivering his judgement on June 28, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Justice Abiodun Adesodun agreed with the position canvassed by the claimant that the selection of the 15th respondent was illegally done.
“It is my humble opinion that conducting the selection process on the 20/1/10 during the pendency of this case by the defendants was in contempt of this court. They cannot now approach the court for redress without purging themselves of the contempt.
Justice Adesodun added that the claimant has been able to establish his case based on the pleadings and the totality of evidence before the court as to entitle him reliefs sought.

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