Oyo State High Court sitting in Oyo town has fixed today for hearing in a suit filed by the Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade Ayoola Layinka, and four other kingmakers, against Governor Seyi Makinde, the attorney general and Commissioner for Justice, and the ministry of local government.
According to Nigerian Tribune, the applications are; Basorun Layinka, High Chief Wakeel Akindele Oyedepo (Laguna of Oyo), High Chief Amuda Yusuf (Akiniku of Oyo), High Chief Wahab Oyetunji (Areago Basorun), and Chief Gbadebo Mufutau (Alapo of Oyo and warrant officer for Alaapini of Oyo).
The applications among other things have sought orders of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, their officers, agents, servants, and or privies from aborting the process for the selection and appointment of the candidate for filling the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo duly conducted by the kingmakers and or removing the claimants as kingmakers, or dissolving the Oyomesi-in-council and or appointing or selecting warrant chiefs to conduct or start afresh process or exercise for the filling of the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutor injunction filed contemporaneously with this application.
Also, an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants or any person whosoever by themselves, their servants, agents, assigns and or privies or otherwise howsoever called from recognizing and or approving any candidate selected/appointed by the kingmakers after a duly conducted process for the filing of the vacant stool of Alaafin by the native law and custom and Chieftaincy Declaration of Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy, pending the hearing and determination of pending the hearing and determination of the substantive case.
The claimants and the other two kingmakers, by the Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy Declaration 1961, on September 30, 2022, selected or appointed Prince Lukuman Adelodun Gbadegesin as the Alaafin of Oyo.
The defendants are insisting that the claimants change their choice of candidate for the Alaafin of Oyo, contrary to the duly completed process in accordance with the Chieftaincy Declaration of 1961 which produced a candidate for the filling of the vacant stool of Alaafin Oyo.
The first defendant is planning to dissolve the Oyomesi-in-council and appoint warrant chiefs to commence a fresh process to select or appoint a candidate of his choice to fill the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo.
Source: Nigerian Tribune