Obaship Tussle: ruling house rejects out-of-court settlement request

James Sowole

The Amororo ruling house of Ipara Remo in Remo North local government area of ​​Ogun State has denied knowledge of any settlement decision, in a lawsuit over the nomination and selection of Oba Taiwo Taiwo, as Onipara of Ipara.

The Sagamu High Court, had entered on April 28, 2022, for the hearing of the case brought by the Ruling House of Amororo, challenging the alleged imposition of Taiwo as the city’s monarch.

In the suit, the ruling house, represented by Mrs. Adetimeyin Gbowowa, Prince Fatai Adeniji Sonola, Prince Muyiwa Adeyemi and Prince Haruna Adewale had dragged the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, and Kingmakers of Ipara Remo in court alleging that Taiwo is not a member of the house but was imposed on the old city.

Other defendants in the suit were the local government secretary of Remo North; Ipara Remo’s Olori Emo, Adekunle Ayoka; Oluwo from Ipara Remo, Oluwole Sorionola; the acting Olotu Iwarefa of Ipara Remo, Adeyemi Opadipe; Acting Apena of Ipara Remo, Chief Odubayo Ojeleye; Asipa Emo from Ipara-Remo, Owolabi Opadipe and Balogun from Ipara-Remo, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi.

However, when the case went to trial on Thursday, the lawyer for the 11th defendant, Olatunji Ayanlaja SAN, told the court that his client (the monarch) informed him of the steps being taken for an out-of-court settlement and had therefore suspended the deposit. any legal proceedings in this regard.

This announcement by the SAN surprised the lawyer for the plaintiffs, the Amororo Power House, Mr. Rotimi Onafadeji, who replied to the request for an out-of-court settlement, by the defendant’s lawyer.

Onafadeji, ostensibly, said he was unaware of such a decision, stating, in particular, that the case was in fact set down for hearing.

The lawyer said that his clients had not informed him of these reconciliation steps and that he could not do anything without a word from them.

Counsel for the plaintiffs said he would therefore see no problem with an adjournment in the face of the out-of-court settlement that would have been reached by the 11th defendant. After hearing the advice, Judge Nasiru Agbelu adjourned the trial to June 8 for a hearing.

The Amororo family, had in the lawsuit number HCS/90/2021 claimed that Oba Taiwo Taiwo was not a member of the Amororo ruling house and therefore had no right to have participated in the appointment exercise of the ‘Onipara of Ipara.

Representing the family, the Olori-Ebi Amororo Royal Family of Ipara Remo, Adetimeyin Gbowowa and four others maintained 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 Chiefdom of Ipara Remo conducted by the Kingmakers is contrary to Ipara-Remo indigenous law and custom.

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

The 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 the candidates nominated for the selection of the Onipara of Ipara-Remo, by the 10th respondent was not charged with the statutory role in the selection exercise of the Onipara from the chiefdom of Ipara.

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

“An order directing the 1st 4th Respondents 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 from being 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 injunction restraining the 1st to 9th defendant from recognizing the 11th defendant as the Onipara of Ipara-Remo, Ogun State.”

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