Judge’s medical appointment stalls Ogun Obaship Tussle hearing

James Sowole in Abeokuta

The medical appointment of Judge Nasiru Agbelu of the Ogun State High Court, Sagamu Division has stalled the hearing in the lawsuit brought by the Amororo ruling family of Ipara Remo against the selection and installation of Onipara Remo, Oba Taiwo Taiwo.

The hearing scheduled for last Wednesday was adjourned until October 6, as the judge told all parties in all the lawsuits listed for the day that there was not much he could do that day, as he had an important medical appointment at 10 a.m.

During the last court sitting on the case, the Amororo family had rejected overtures to settle the case, as revealed by the 11th defendant, Oba Taiwo Taiwo, through his lawyer, Olatunji Ayanlaja (SAN).

The Amororo ruling house represented by Madame Adetimeyin Gbowowa, Prince Fatai Adeniji Sonola, Prince Muyiwa Adeyemi and Prince Haruna Adewale, had trailed the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chiefdom Affairs, Afolabi Afuape; the State Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, and the Kingmakers of Ipara Remo, in court for an alleged imposition of Oba Taiwo on the ancient city.

Others dragged before the courts were the local government area secretary of Remo North; Ipara Remo’s Olori Emo, Adekunle Ayoka; Oluwo from Ipara Remo, Oluwole Sorionola; actor Olotu Iwarefa of Ipara Remo, Adeyemi Opadipe; the Acting Apena of Ipara Remo, Chief Odubayo Ojeleye; Asipa Emo from Ipara-Remo, Owolabi Opadipe and Balogun from Ipara-Remo, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi.

The Amororo family in a case number HCS/90/2021 asserted that Oba Taiwo is not a member of the Amororo ruling house and therefore is not entitled to have participated in the nomination exercise of the Onipara of Ipara.

The Amororo family argued that the nomination process leading to the selection of Oba Taiwo for the vacant seat was null and void.

The royal family also noted that the selection process for the filling of the Onipara stool of Ipara Remo conducted by the kingmakers is contrary to the indigenous law and custom of Ipara-Remo.

The ruling house, however, requested the court to order the cancellation of the nomination and selection of Oba Taiwo as Onipara of Ipara-Remo Oba-elect.

The Amororo family further requested the court to order the state government to initiate another nomination and selection exercise for the filing of the vacant seat of Onipara from the Ipara Remo region of the state.

The ruling house also wants the court to issue a perpetual injunction preventing Oba Taiwo from parading and presenting himself as the Onipara of Ipara-Remo.

The prayers added: “An order canceling the interview of nominees for the selection of the Onipara of Ipara-Remo, by the 10th respondent not struggling with the statutory role in the chieftaincy selection exercise Onipara from Ipara.

“An order quashing the purported nomination and selection of the 11th accused as the elected Onipara of Ipara-Remo Oba.

“An order directing the first and fourth defendants to set in motion, another nomination and selection exercise for the filing of the vacant seat of Onipara of Ipara Remo, Ogun State.

“An order of perpetual injunction prohibiting the 11th defendant who is not a member of the Amororo ruling house of Onipara of the chiefdom of Ipara-Remo from participating in the nomination and selection of the Onipara of the chiefdom of ‘Ipara-Remo.

“A perpetual injunction restraining the 11th defendant from parading and/or presenting himself as the Onipara of Ipara-Remo, Ogun State.

“A perpetual injunctive order restraining the first to ninth defendants from recognizing the 11th defendant as the Onipara of Ipara-Remo, Ogun State.”