Ladoja, Balogun drag Ajimobi to court over plan reforms on Olubadan

Ladoja, Balogun drag Ajimobi to court over plan reforms on Olubadan

Two prominent members of Olubadan-in-Council, High Chief Lekan Balogun and High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, who are Otun and Osi Olubadan respectively, have dragged Governor Abiola Ajimobi to court over his plan to tinker with the 1957 Chieftaincy Law.

The 1957 chieftaincy Law among others, stipulates succession order to the throne of the Olubadan of Ibadanland. Ajimobi is planning a new law to make room for more beaded crowns in Ibadan because of its current cosmopolitan nature.

But Senators Ladoja and Balogun, would have none of that as they are asking the state High Court in the suit number m/317/2017 to restrain the seven-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry from sitting, accepting any memorandum or in any way taking any step in furtherance of its assignment, pending the determination of motion on notice in respect of the subject.

Ajimobi, on May 19, inaugurated the judicial panel headed by retired Justice Akintunde Boade, with the mandate to, among others, review the existing requirement and qualification for ascendancy to the throne of the Olubadan and submit its report in four weeks.

In the suit filed by their counsel, Michael Lana, on Friday, the Otun and Osi Olubadan contend that the judicial panel said by Ajimobi to have been constituted under Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Chiefs Law 2000 was invalid, as the governor lacked the power to change or amend the customary law relating to the selection of Olubadan.

The claimants said the primary aim of the Chiefs Law was that traditional institutions must be guided and operated not in accordance with modern dictates as argued by the governor but by the customary rules of each community.