Few hours after an Oyo State High Court of Justice sitting Eruwa Judicial Division asked him to vacate his stool as the Onilala of Lanlate, in Ibarapa East local government, Oba Abdulateef Olawuyi Olagoke has gone to the appellate court, to seek redress.
OYO INSIGHT learnt that the court had reinstalled Oba Sunday Oladejo as the monarch of the ancient town.
Justice B.A Taiwo, in his ruling, had said the application law to be used to fill the vacant stool of the Onilala of Lanlate as at 2008 when the vacancy was filled is the 2006 declaration which is the current law and not the 1958 law.
But reacting to the judgement, the Olori Omooba of Lanlate and spokesperson of the Bioku royal family, Omoba Jare Gbadamosi, confirmed that they have gone to the appeal court.
According to him, “It is true that the High Court of Oyo state ruled in favour of Sunday Bolawaye Oladejo in the Onilala of Lanlate chieftaincy dispute on the basis of a 2006 Declaration which is a product of abrogated white paper on Oloko Commission of Inquiry as against the only valid and subsisting Chieftaincy Declaration of 1958.
“However, The Bioku Ruling House of Lanlate whose candidate currently occupies the throne has lodged an appeal and at the same time filled an application for a stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal Ibadan Division. The court processes has been served on all Parties to the suit.
“Therefore, the government and any party to a litigation must not do anything that will impede or frustrate the constitutionally guaranteed right of appeal.
“Until the appeal is determined, litigation is not at an end, therefore, Abdulateef Olawuyi Olagoke remains the Onilala of Lanlate.
“The pending appeal of Bioku family in the Court of Appeal is in respect of the entire judgement/pronouncements of the High Court presided over by Justice Bayo Taiwo in addition to an application for stay and injunction to restrain all parties including the government from acting in pursuance of the judgement until the appeal is heard and disposed off.
“The entire Lanlate community should please remain calm and while we advised all parties involved to remain law abiding and should not resolve to self help that may lead to breach of peace and break down of law and order within Lanlate and its environ.