Family rejects choice of new Olu of Ipaja

Alleged plan by some people to fill the vacant stool of Olu of Ipaja in Lagos State is now causing disquiet in the area.

The Aiyekotan Orufu Royal Family of Ipaja, claims that some people who have no historical connection with the nomination and installation of an Olu are in the process of filling the stool.

It has therefore sent a petition to  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to stop the plot in the interest of peace.

The family insists that going by the judgement of a  Lagos High Court  in  suit No: ID/2733/98,it is the only  recognised ruling house eligible to nominate a candidate for the throne.

The judgment was said to have been delivered on  September 10, 2003 by Justice A.A Oyefesobi of a Lagos High Court.

The petitioners said:”Following the demise of Olu of Ipaja, Oba Sylvester Ajibola Akinniyi in June 2015, information reached us that plans have already been set into motion by certain families to install a new Oba despite a standing judgment and a pending appeal on the said judgment in an appeal court.

“We hereby refer you to a judgment delivered on Wednesday 10th September 2003 by Honourable Justice A.A Oyefesobi of a Lagos High Court in suit No.ID/2733/98 filed by our family (Aiyekotan Orufu) against the Military Administrator of Lagos State, Attorney General of Lagos State; Chief Sylvester Ajibola Akinniyi (the late Olu of Ipaja); Adam Baruwa; Daniel Atanda Ogunbiyi and Eliakim Oluwole Ishadare.”

They quoted  Justice Oyefesobi as declaring  that the Aiyekotan Orufu family otherwise called Orufu family “ is entitled to be approved and registered as the only ruling house entitled to the stool of Baale or Olu of Ipaja chieftaincy. The first and second defendants are hereby ordered to approve and register the Aiyekotan Orufu family as the only ruling house entitled to the stool of Baale or Olu of Ipaja.”

The petitioners said:” to our rude shock, instead of the losers to maintain status quo pending the ruling on their appeal against our favoured judgment, they have embarked on the process of producing a successor for the late Oba from their family which the High Court had nullified as a ruling house.”

They  urged Gov Ambode to use his good office  “to call those behind the plot to order before they ignite civil unrest in the community.”

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