Osun State High Court in Ode-Omu issued an order on Monday, preventing the state’s governor, Ademola Adeleke, and attorney general, Oluwole Jimi-Bada, or their representatives from appointing Prince Olufemi Olayinka as the new Olu-Odo of Odo-Ijesa. Furthermore, the court instructed Olayinka to vacate the position of Olu-Odo of Odo-Ijesa until the pending lawsuit is resolved.
The case was heard before Justice M. Okediya on Monday, where Fatima Adesina, the plaintiff’s attorney, submitted an application to nullify any appointment letter or instrument that might have been given to the defendant. However, the defendant’s counsel, Mr. T. Giwa, was asked by the court to respond orally but declined, stating that he was not adequately informed about the matter.
The legal dispute stems from a lawsuit filed by Prince Hammed Odeyemi of Odo-Ijesa on January 19, 2021. The lawsuit targeted Olufemi Olayinka, as well as the state governor, the state Attorney-General, and the kingmakers, regarding the vacant royal stool. On February 2, 2022, the plaintiff, through their attorney Adesina, filed an interlocutory injunction seeking to halt any actions related to the appointment until the court’s final decision. Adesina presented the motion on June 14, 2022.
In the ruling delivered on Monday, Justice Okediya ordered the defendants, particularly the governor, the state Attorney-General, and the Atakumosa East Local Government, or their representatives, not to submit Olayinka’s name or acknowledge him as the Olu-Odo elect of Odo-Ijesa.
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