A Judge of the High Court of Oyo State, Ibadan Division, Justice Ladiran Akintola, has approached the court to be recognized as one of the sons of the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. The suit was previously pending before Justice Akinteye for pre-trial before being assigned to Justice Esan.
Counsel to Samuel Ladoke Akintola’s family, Olaseni Oyefeso had challenged the locus standi of the claimant on the grounds that he could not have validly sued as a ‘’beneficiary in the estate of late S.L Akintola” reckoning that was the subject matter submitted to the court for determination.
Justice Akinteye dismissed the application and consequently, an appeal was lodged at the Court of Appeal Ibadan against the decision.
The suit was adjourned to March 16, 2016 for trial despite the pending appeal.
However, the second defendant in the suit and daughter of the late Premier, Dr. Abimbola Akintola, said she had along with her brother, the first defendant in the suit, Bashorun Abayomi Akintola forwarded a petition to the Chief Judge of Oyo State requesting a transfer of the suit to another judge of the court on the grounds of ‘’likelihood of bias.”
In addition, the former Minister of State for Finance said in the event the claimant does not refrain from conducting his case on the pages of newspapers, the two surviving children of Chief Akintola as defendants in the suit will not hesitate to petition the National Judicial Council alleging misconduct by a High court judge.
According to Dr Akintola, her father Chief Akintola, an upright man, a devout Christian and an advocate of faithfulness in marriage was only married to her late mother, Chief Faderera Abeke Akintola who begot all his children namely Omodele (decaeased), Abayomi, Abimbola (herself), Ladipupo (deceased) and Tokunboh (decaeased).
Upon contacting Counsel to the S.L Akintola family, Olaseni Oyefeso Esq on the above, he says the matter was sub judice and thus, he had nothing to say.