By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The state high court sitting in Abeokuta on Friday has ruled that it has a right to hear a suit filed by two coronet Obas demoted by the governor Dapo Abiodun led administration.
The court claimed that the motion filed by the two monarchs was an abuse of the court process.
Justice A. A Akinyemi at court four of Ogun State High Court, said the two coronet Obas, Oba Adetokunbo Tejuoso, and Oba Martins Olufemi had filed a separate motion before justice A.A. Akinyemi challenging their demotion by the Ogun state government.
She argued on behalf of the respondent, Barrister O. A Dankuwo said the claimant had abused court process by submitting the motion.
She said the motion filed by the two monarchs was an abuse of court process, arguing that the claimant is part of another suit filed by the 75 deposed coronet Obas.
She said, the suit filed by the 75 Obas in suit no AB/137/2020, is also pending before the same court
“The claimant had not disassociated themselves from the originating suit and the two suits are the same, she therefore asked the court to strike out the matter”.
In his own submission, counsel to the claimant, Barrister Bamidele Ogundele submitted that he had responded with 8 paragraph counter affidavit to the claims of the respondent.
He submitted that the claimant has the constitutional right to file the suit, adding that the court has jurisdiction to hear the suit.
He, therefore, added that the objection of the defendant should be a strikeout.
Ruling, Justice Akinyemi struck out the preliminary objection saying that the claimant did not authorised their involvement in the suit filed by the 75 coronet Obas, saying that there is no evidence to show their involvement.
He said the names of the 75 coronet Obas were not mentioned in the originating summon.