75 demoted Obas in Ogun State charge Governor Dapo Abiodun to court
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been charged to court by the 75 coronet Obas who were demoted back in February.
According to Daily Post, 11 of the demoted monarchs filed a suit on behalf of the 75 chiefs, charging the Governor of Ogun State, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, the Ogun House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Ogun State.
Former governor of Ogun State, Governor Ibikunle Amosun had upgraded the 75 chiefs from Baales to Obas of their respective domains, saying it was in accordance with the Chiefs Law of Ogun State, 2006.
However, Governor Abiodun reversed the upgrade of the monarchs following the recommendation of a review committee headed by the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.
In a 27 paragraphed affidavit, the claimants said, “By virtue of the provisions of Section 30 Sub–Sections (1) and (2) of the Chiefs Law of Ogun State 2006, the Executive Council of the Government of Ogun State can only suspend and depose an erring Oba”, claiming their demotion was illegal.
In their reliefs, the claimants prayed the court for:
“A declaration that the purported reversal or revocation of the claimants upgrading, appointment and promotion as Coronet Obas is a nullity and of no effect whatsoever.
“A declaration that the defendants, chieftaincy review committee set up to purportedly review the upgrading, appointments and promotion of the claimants as traditional rulers and the activities of the said committee is an afterthought and a nullity.
“A declaration that the defendants are stopped from reversing or revoking the upgrading, appointment and promotion of the claimants as coronet Obas in Ogun state and/or preventing Claimants from acting, parading or referring to themselves and being referred to as coronet Obas of their respective Communities, the said Claimants having been earlier upgraded, appointed and promoted by the Government of Ogun State acting through the defendants as coronet Obas over their respective Communities in Ogun State and carrying on the performance of the duties of their offices as coronet Obas to the knowledge and acknowledgment of the cefendants.”