Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, asked an Ikeja High Court to reverse the order it made last Friday stopping the installation ceremony to fill the vacant stool of Ayangburen, the traditional ruler of Ikorodu Kingdom.
The court, presided over by Justice O.O. Ogungbesan, had last Friday, stopped the installation ceremony to fill the stool, which was scheduled for last Saturday.
Justice Ogungbesan had also restrained Ambode or anyone acting under his authority from going ahead to crown the Odofin of Ikorodu, Chief Kabiru Shotebi, as the new Ayangburen of Ikorodu.
The judge also restrained Chief Shotebi from either “presenting himself for coronation” or “parading himself as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, or actualising any recognition thereon as such, or exercising any of the Ayangburen royal functions”, pending the determination of a suit filed by one Odupitan Eniola, from the Lambo branch of the Lasunwon chieftaincy family of Ikorodu Kingdom.
The Lagos state governor, who was represented in court by a state counsel, on Thursday, by Mr. S.A. Quadri, urged the judge to vacate the order, saying it was made in error.
Quadri described Eniola’s ex parte application which led to the order, as an abuse of court processes, pointing out that the order was made after Shotebi had already been given the staff of office.
According to Quadri, former Governor Babatunde Fashola had, on May 26, 2015, installed Shotebi as the new Ayangburen after Shotebi was presented to him at the 17th meeting of the State Executive Council held on May 25, 2015.
Quadri added that, contrary to the facts presented before the court, the event which took place on Saturday was not the coronation per se but a mere social gathering to celebrate Shotebi’s installation as a monarch.
The kingmakers which includes; Chief Zacchaeus Odusoga, Chief Afolabi Adekanyaoja, Chief Karimu Ore and Chief Jacob Adaraloye, also urged the court not only to vacate the restraining order but to dismiss the entire suit.
Fabunmi urged the court to vacate the order restraining Shotebi from exercising authority in the capacity of Ayangburen.
The applicant claimed that it was the turn of the Lambo branch of the Lasunwon chieftaincy family, from which he came, to present the next Ayangburen, adding that he had been nominated by the family to be crowned as the new Ayangburen at a meeting held on September 7 and 21, 2014.
He also claimed that the Adegorushe family had already benefitted after Shotebi became the Odofin of Ikorodu kingdom, following a court judgment on April 1, 2009 in a suit marked IKD/57/2007.
The judge has adjourned the matter till October 6, 2015 for mention.

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