Barrister Niyi Ajewole , Counsel to Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji has described the request by the legal team of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state and 23 others to transfer the case filed against the defendant back to Olubadan as alien to justice system in Nigeria,saying it as an attempt to arrest the ruling of the court.
Ajewole while speaking with journalists in Ibadan after justice Aiki of Oyo state High court announced the return of the casefile to the Chief Justice said “ Ajimobi and his legal team had only succeeded in arresting justice of the court, stressing that sooner or later, Olubadan would get justice.”
“But what they were only able to do is to make sure that their preliminary objection, which is baseless, is not dismissed today because their objection is that Olubadan has no locus standi to file this case. But they were only able to postpone their doom day. Definitely, we are confident that whether before this judge or any other judge, Olubadan will get justice,” he said.
While announcing that the case file would be sent back to the Chief Judge of the state, Muntar Abimbola, Aiki said that the Chief Judge would exercise his discretionary powers on the case file because he is the judicial, administrative head, and assigning authority of the court.
Barrister Nurudeen Adegboye ,Counsel to Oyo State Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi had in a letter earlier submitted to the Chief Justice of the state requested that the case be transferred because Aiki had ruled against some of the issues raised in the ongoing suit while delivering judgment in another case filed against the governor by the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, which also questioned the installation of the 21 kings.
Ajimobi’s counsel, Adegboye, told journalists after the court had risen that, “The letter was submitted because our client believes that the case that the judgment has been delivered on and this current case arose from the same subject matter. Having delivered the judgment on that other case, that means the judge has made his position known on all the issues that are pending before this honourable court.”