Major setback for Oyo state government as Ibadan High Court nullifies emergence of new Obas
An Ibadan High Court has nullified the review of the1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and Other Related Chieftaincies that was recently undertaken by the state government, resulting in the emergence of 21 new Obas, among whom were some erstwhile high chiefs and baales.
While the government described its action as “an altruistic gesture that was for the overall good of Ibadanland”, the court ruled otherwise.
Responding to the court judgment, Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, said the state government would appeal the ruling immediately.
Ajimobi said, “Today’s judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed against immediately. Let me reiterate here that the review was an exercise that was well thought out. It is for the development and progress of Ibadanland and the people therein.
“We will not relent in our determination to make Ibadan great and the greatness shall come through various ways; one of which was the Olubadan chieftaincy review that was conducted by a judicial commission of inquiry.
“The truth is that people are normally opposed to change and radical policies that will eventually be beneficial to them, but we shall get there. We will not be deterred or allow retrogressive tendencies to override the progress Oyo State is currently making.”