The controversy surrounding who will become the next Okere of Saki looks is far from ending anytime soon as one of the contestant to the throne,Prince Abdulganiyu Adetunji Ladigbolu, has filed a suit before the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan , to contest the system adopted by the kingmakers on December 17 and 18, 2019 to select a new monarch for the town.
In the suit filed by Ladigbolu, Oyo State governor; the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters; the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo state; Chief Abdulrasheed Ghazali Adegoke, chairman of the Council of Kingmakers in Saki and Prince Khalid Olabisi were listed as defendants.
He alleged that the selection process failed to conform with the Chiefs Law, and the introduction of the Ifa oracle.
Ladigbolu is asking the court for a declaration that the selection of Prince Khalid Olabisi for the purpose of his approval and installation as the new Okere of Saki on December 18, 2019, at the residence of Bagii of Saki is illegal, null and void, as the selection process is not in conformity with relevant laws of Oyo state.
Ladigbolu also asked for an order setting aside the selection of Prince Olabisi for the purpose of his approval and installation as the new Okere of Saki as the selection process ran foul of relevant laws of Oyo state.
He further asked for an order of injunction restraining Oyo State Governor; the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters; the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, the chairman of the Council of Kingmakers in Saki, Adegoke, from approving, installing or recognising Prince Olabisi as the Okere of Saki land, alleging that he remains an unqualified candidate for the throne because due process was not followed regarding his selection in accordance with the relevant laws of Oyo state.
He had in his claims stated that the way Prince Olabisi, the selected candidate scored 11 votes and none of the remaining 21 candidates scored a single vote remains amazing, adding that the selected candidate was allegedly considered by many of the aspirants not to be the best.
According to him, it is a serious setback for any town or city not to have a sitting king, adding that the kingmakers need to strive to select the best candidate for Saki land in the overall interest of peace, unity, progress and development of the ancient city.
Ladigbolu added that it is a known fact that once a matter is in court, none of the parties can legally or forcefully take unilateral decisions to prejudice the hearing of the matter, saying if there is a dispute and a party goes to court asking for an injunction restraining the defendant from taking particular actions, the hands of the defendant has been effectively tied as if the injunction had been granted.
“The rule was laid down by the Supreme Court of Nigeria and anything contrary is null and void,” he concluded.