By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
An Osun State High Court sitting in Ikire on Monday ruled that Oba Olatunde Falabi of Lambeloye ruling house has no legal right to occupy the stool of Akire of Ikire.
The judgment is coming after 27 years that the monarch has been on the throne.
Prince Tajudeen Olanrewaju of Aketula ruling House had filed a suit that ran through to Supreme Court against the installation of Falabi on the ground that he was not entitled to the throne as at the time he was installed based on the 1958 Akire Chieftaincy Declaration.
The Supreme Court had on the 11th of April 2014 affirmed the 1958 Akire Chieftaincy declaration and ruled that Aketula ruling house is entitled to the stool of Akire, stating that the process that led to the nomination and selection of Oba Falabi was not legal.
The court recognised that after the demise of Oyegunle (the immediate past monarch) who is from Onisokan (the fifth ruling house) Aketula (the first ruling house) should produce the next monarch because the rotation was completed according to 1958 Akire Chieftaincy Declaration.
The ruling houses entitled to the throne were in the order of, Aketula, Ladekan, Lambeloye, Disamu and Omisokan.
Subsequently, Oba Falabi approached the State High court to grant his reliefs that he should not be removed from the stool.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Abdulrazak Abdulkareem said has no legal right to occupy the seat of Akire of Ikire, that he has been occupying.
He held that 8th Defendant’s Ruling House – Aketula Ruling House is entitled to succeed Oba Oyegunle and not Falabi.