Olubadan: Seriki Line Suffers Setback as Oyo Chief Judge Withdraws from Chieftancy Case

The Seriki Chieftaincy Line may have suffered a major setback in its determination to wrestle the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland from the present Ibadan monarch, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Ajeogunguniso 1.

This is because the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, has withdrawn from the suit filed by Chief Adebayo Oyediji of Seriki Line, challenging the installation of Oba Saliu Adetunji.

Abimbola said he was withdrawing because Oyediji and other claimants had written a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC), alleging that he was present during the installation ceremony of Adetunji.

The Chief Judge had been presiding over the suit filed by Oyediji at an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan.

Abimbola said the NJC had invited him, adding that he was shocked that it was over the petition against him.


He said: “I have replied the petition and I thank God, NJC has absolved me because no specific allegation of misconduct was mentioned in the petition.
“ I was not present at the installation ceremony of Olubadan, I was in my office on that day.

“ Nobody has ever written a petition against me since my long years of service both at the bar and the bench and I wonder why someone will want to tarnish my image.
“ I have few years to spend in service and I don’t want anything that will tarnish my image,’’ Abimbola said.

The judge, however, said he had no grudge against anybody and was transferring the case to the administrative judge for reassignment.

Oyediji of Seriki Chieftancy line and other claimants had instituted the suit, claiming that it was their turn to produce the next Olubadan after Oba Samuel Odunlana’s demise.

Among the respondents in the suit are the Oyo State Government, Adetunji and the Olubadan-in-Council.



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