THE High Court, Ekiti State Judicial Division sitting in Ise-Ekiti under his Lordship Hon Justice Adesodun has ordered Mr. Saliu Bolarinwa Lawal to stop parading himself as the Obaaji-Odo of Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti State, as he is not a bonafide member of the Obaaji family and neither is he a native of Ise Ekiti.
The court ruled that his installation into the Obaaji-odo Chieftaincy position did not follow due process and customs of the Obaaji Family.
In the final judgement reserved recently by the Court, pursuant to suit number: HIS/1/2016 filed to contest the installation of Lawal as the Chief Obaaji-odo of Ise-Ekiti by HRH Oba Ayodele Adetunji Ajayi, the Arinjale of Ise-Ekiti, the Obaaji-odo family through their representatives contested against five defendants on the case namely the same HRH Oba Ayodele Adetunji Ajayi, Mr Saliu Bolarinwa Lawal and three others; the court granted all the nine prayers of the Obaaji family which include a declaration that Mr Saliu Lawal’s occupation of the Chieftaincy stool was not only illegal but to also order him to vacate same forthwith.
As the news of the judgement broke into town, it was observed that the Obaaji family largely within the Lereke area and the Ise-Ekiti township and its environs were full of excitement.
One of the excited youth, Mr Femi Adeyemi gave his views, “The town is now relieved after the judgement; everyone knew that the wrong that was done to the Obaaji family by the installation of the wrong person will not stand for long. The court has done well by having the courage to speak the truth.”Mr Adeyemi said.
It is worthy of note that the Chieftaincy title, the Obaaji-odo of Ise-Ekiti that was disputed since 2016 before the Court, is the most important traditional chieftaincy in Ise-Ekiti because the position is the second-in-command to the Traditional ruler, the Arinjale of Ise-Ekiti.
The Obaaji-odoof Ise-Ekiti is not just a high ranking traditional position, it is also the Head of Iwarafa Mefa, the Kingmakers of the ancient Ise-Ekiti town.
The last legitimate occupant of the high ranking traditional stool was the late High Chief Samuel Ibiyinka Abiodun who died in September 2010 after his 39 years reign.
Ise-Ekiti is an ancient town being one of the original sixteen kingdoms of Ekitiland, and since the modern Nigeria, the headquarters of Ise-Orun Local Government Area, located within the South senatorial district of Ekiti State, South-West Nigeria.
Ise-Ekiti shares boundary with other popular towns like Ado-Ekiti (Ekiti State capital), Emure-Ekiti and Ikere-Ekiti.
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