Ayodele Oni, Akure
Consequent upon the reconstitution of Ekiti state Council of Obas, some traditional rulers have dragged the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to Court over the appointment of the Alawe of Alawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi as the Chairman of the State traditional council.
The suit, filed before an Ado-Ekiti High Court is asking the court to nullify the appointment of Oba Alabi, because the action taken by Dr Fayemi to appoint him outside the stipulated 16 qualified monarchs to occupy the prestigious seat, as a flagrant disregard of the Ekiti State Chieftaincy Law.
Dr Fayemi,had last month, appointed Oba Alabi as the Council Chairman to serve for a period of two years following the expiration of tenure of Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju.
Joined in the suit with number HAD/76/2019 are; Governor Kayode Fayemi(1st defendant), Attorney General of Ekiti State, Wale Fapohunda (2nd) and Oba Adebanji Alabi(3rd).
The originating summon was filed by Dr. B.A.M. Ajibade((SAN) on August 7, 2019 and deposed to by Ajero of Ajero, Oba Joseph Adewole, on behalf of other 15 Obas and sought an interlocutory injunction restraining Fayemi from swearing-in Alawe as the Chairman of the Council.
The claimants sought the following declarations: whether the first defendant is empowered under Council of Traditional Rulers Law, Cap 15, Laws of Ekiti State 2012 , to appoint the chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers on a bi-annual rotational basis from amongst only class of Obas.
That the claimants are the only valid authentic Obas or traditional rulers under the classification that are qualified to be so appointed as Chairman.
Also requested was a declaration “that the third respondent cannot be appointed as Chairman of the council in consonance with the Ekiti State Traditional Council Law.
“A declaration that the appointment of the third defendant by the first was a flagrant violation of the law , unlawful, null and void, unjustifiable, illegal and unsustainable.
“An order nullifying the appointment of the third defendant as the Chairman of the council of traditional rulers.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the first defendant as chairman of the traditional council and other relevant orders as deem fit by the court”.
By composition, the Council of Ekiti State Traditional Council has Permanent and rotational members.
The statute stipulated that “The permanent and rotational members shall be appointed by the Governor from among the recognised traditional rulers In Ekiti State.
“There shall be a chairman for the council who shall be appointed by the Governor on bi -annual rotation among the Pelupelu Obas in the state”.
No date has been fixed for hearing.