Court adjourns suit seeking to stop selection of new Soun
The Oyo state High Court sitting in Ogbomoso, handling the case between the three families seeking to be included among the Soun ruling houses and the five recognized ruling houses of Ogbomosoland has adjourned the case till January 25, 2022.
ogbomosoinsightonline.com had earlier reported that the three ruling houses i.e. Oluopo, Ologolo and Olukan had instituted a case seeking to be included among the ruling houses in Ogbomoso.
The case with suit No. HOG/43/2021 is instituted against the Oyo state governor, attorney-general of Oyo state, Oyo state commissioner for local governments and chieftaincy affairs, Prince Sikiru Oyeyiola (Mogaji Gbagun Ruling House), Prince Amos Oloyede Olaoye (Mogaji Laoye Ruling House), Prince Samuel Oyedeji (Mogaji Bolanta Ruling House) Prince Ilufoye Olayode (Mogaji Odunaro Ruling House) and Prince Olawuyi Oyelayo Itabiyi (Mogaji Aburumaku Ruling House), the eight constituting first to eighth defendants respectively.
The three families, who claimed that their progenitors reigned at different times in the past and so are entitled to be included among the ruling houses had on December 20, 2021, 8 days after the passage of the last Soun, Oba (Dr) Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III JP, CON, CFR, approached the High Court to stop the selection of a new Soun unless they are made part of the ruling houses.
The three families represented by Prince Ibrahem Najeem-Olasubu (for himself and on behalf of Oluopo Royal Family), Prince Mustapha Adebayo(for himself and on behalf of Ologolo Royal Family) and Prince Solomon Oladokun Olatunbosun (for himself and on behalf of Olukan Royal Family) who are the claimants are seeking three reliefs, which are “An order of this Honourable Court directing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants to include the claimants’ royal families as ruling houses in the Soun of Ogbomoso Chieftaincy Declaration.
“An Order of injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants from installing any person as the new Soun of Ogbomoso until the inclusion of the claimants’ royal families as ruling houses in the Soun of Ogbomoso Chieftaincy Declaration.
“An Order of injunction restraining the 4th, 5th, 6th 7th and 8th defendants or any member of their respective families from being installed or parading himself as the new Soun of Ogbomoso until the inclusion of the claimants’ royal families as ruling houses in the Soun of Ogbomoso Chieftaincy Declaration.”
Meanwhile, the preliminary objections raised at the court today by the defendants’ counsel, Kunle Sobaloju, which introduced some technicalities into the case against the originating summons prompted the judge to adjourn the matter till January 25.
Among others Sobaloju harped on lack of jurisdiction by the court.