Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State according to reports is set to withdraw the appeal filed by former governor of the State, Abiola Ajimobi challenging the nullification of the process leading to the crowning of 21 kings in a single day.
This is contained in a news report by The Punch Newspaper.
According to the report, a two-page ‘terms of settlement’ dated August 20 and signed by Ladoja’s counsel stated the procedure for settlement.
Tagged, ‘official service,’ and received by the Registrar of the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, it agreed that the report of the “the Boade-led commission of inquiry created disharmony.”
The report also observed the fact that the new administration of Oyo State intends to stand on the of rule of law and the parties also recognised that the House of Assembly had not amended the Chiefs Law of Oyo State.
The need for truce was further premised on the fact that amendment could have probably given legal backing to the gazette that led to the installation of the 21 new kings.
The terms for truce further revealed that the parties had met and “agreed that all gazettes affecting the chieftaincy laws of Ibadanland issued during the pendency of the appeal be set aside.”
According to the report, an aide of Makinde told a Punch correspondent in confidence that the governor wished to discontinue the matter where Ajimobi left it, adding that, “the governor will reconcile all parties involved to foster unity and harmony in the protection of the tradition of Ibadanland as relates to the chieftaincy laws of Ibadanland.”
Recall that on Sunday August 27, 2017 the then governor, Ajimobi crowned all the 21 kings. Ladoja, who happened to also be a beneficiary, stayed away from the ceremony and instituted a court action, which gave him victory.
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