[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ba Babajide Lawrence Oluwole has been removed as the Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo in the state’s Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo LGA by an Ondo state high court sitting in Ondo town.
After recognizing that Oba Oluwole, who was crowned as the community’s monarch in 2018, was not a member of the ruling house, the court overturned the monarch’s appointment to fill the town’s then-empty seat.
Rufus Adekanye and Temitope Adeoye, both princes from the Aare Kugbaigbe Ruling House and Head and Secretary of the House, had opposed the Ondo state government’s attempt to appoint a monarch.
The claimants claimed in the lawsuit that was filed by their attorney, Mr. Sola Ebiseni, that the defendant was not a member of the Aare Kugbaigbe Ruling House, which, in turn, was supposed to present a candidate for the throne, and that the stool was still empty.
Justice Ademola Enikuemehin acknowledged in his verdict that Oluwole was not qualified to be presented as the kingship candidate and that he was not a member of the ruling house, which in turn was to produce the king.
“The fifth defendant (Oba Oluwole), not being a descendant of the Aare Kugbaigbe is not a member of the Aare Kugbaigbe Ruling House and therefore not qualified under the declaration to be proposed as a candidate for the vacant stool of or be made the Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo,” the judge ruled.
The court equally gave an injunction restraining “the fifth defendant from or further parading himself or allowing himself to be paraded as or accorded the rights and privileges pertaining to the person, title and office of the Olu-Oke of Oke-Igbo.”