Kingmakers drag Oluwo to Court seeking restrain over purported removal
Toba Adedeji, Osogbo
The twelve kingmakers who are pushing for the removal of Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, have filed a suit before an Osun State High Court, seeking an order preventing the monarch from removing them from their positions.
The kingmakers had petitioned the Osun State governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola on September 9, 2020, urging him to dethrone Oluwo over alleged misconduct.
The kingmakers in an ex parte motion filed on their behalf by John Enworo, and supported by 22-paragraph affidavit deposed to by the Oosa of Iwo, Chief Yekini Orobinmpe, alleged that Oluwo, having been aware of the petition written against him, had resolved to replace them with other persons. Therefore, the need for the court to intervene to protect their legal rights.
The suit was instituted in pursuant to order 39 of the State High Court as amended ( civil procedure rules) and section (6) (A&B) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
“That all the applicants are kingmakers in Oluwo of Iwo Chieftaincy. And being kingmakers felt aggrieved by the gross misconduct of the respondent (Oluwo) and unanimously wrote a petition to the governor of the state for the removal of the respondent.
“That by so doing, the applicants’ action is constitutional in all ramifications. That the court make an order of interim injunction restraining the respondent whether by himself, agents, servants and privies from removing the applicants from their positions as Oosa, Onto, Balogun, Jagun, Oloya, Olukotun, Odofin, Onju, Agoro, Asape, Olukosi and Aro chieftaincy and replacing them with new appointees pending the determination of the motion and substantive suit,” the motion said.