By Ajibola Abayomi
From left: Prince Adeleye Lawal, Chief Yinusa Tesi (first right), Prince Saidi Alagbala (2nd right), Pastor Gaius Obarinu, Pastor Olamayowa David Yekini and other members of Olusi family
Speaking with TheLead Online in the acient town on Friday, the ruling house led by Pastor Gaius Obarinu, described the enthroment of the Oba as illegal and total disregard to the court process.
The monarch who is the traditional ruler of Orugbo-Iddo was installed against a substiting court order by the immidiate past governor of Lagos state, Mr Akinwumi Ambode on April 26, 2019 before qutting office on May 29, 2019.
The family stated that the questionable ceremony was hurriedly put together and aided by tonnes of security operatives to settle a political score.
Checks by TheLead Online confirmed that the Olusi Royal Family’s five lineages namely Ogunsunmiro, Aaroja, Falade, Odudede and Tugbedo as headed by Pastor Bakare Gaius Obarinu, Messers Sarafi Alatada, Taju Bello, Saheed Alagbala and Pastor Olamayowa David Yekini had filled a suit No:ID/ 2178GEM/2017 at the Lagos High Court against the nomination, selection and installation of the monarch.
Copies of the court applications indicated that Lagos State Government, the king makers of Orugbo-Iddo land, Mr Adewale Mushafau Abdul, the Chairman of Epe Local Government, and Lagos State Commissioner of for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs were joined and represented at different court proceedings until February 2019.
In the suit, the family’s prayers against Oba Adewale Abdul, a former sole administrator of Ikosi-Isheri, Kosofe LCDA under Ambode included notices stopping him from parading himself as member of Olusi family, nominated as candidate for the stool and Oba elect.
Adding his voice to the issue, Prince Adeleye Lawal whom the family claimed was the nominated candidate for the stool said the scenario was disturbing and called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to ensure that the court was allowed to decide the matter.
“As a law abiding citizen, I believe judiciary is the last hope of common man. Ambode’s action was ungovernatorial. One was shocked that as a sitting governor that he chose to disobey the court order.
“I want to commend the Lagos State House of Assembly for the lawful and matured approach to the matter. We won’t resort to self help no matter the provocation.
“The current Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a man of intergrity and honour. I am appealling to him to use his good office to ensure that the illegality perpetrated by Ambode is redressed. We are prepared to follow this matter legally as stipulated by law” he vowed.