Obaship Tussle: Supreme Court Ends Protracted Royal Legal Battle,Affirms Prince Oseni Isiaka Adu As Authentic Alale Of Akungba Akoko

The supreme court of Nigeria has struck out appeal filed by the appellant Prince Julius Agboola Olanipon challenging the appeal court judgement that affirmed the selection process of prince Oseni Isiaka Adu from Agure/Mokun Branch Of Ole Ruling House by kingmakers as Alale Elect Of Akungba Akoko in Akoko South West area of Ondo State.

The appeal was Filed by the appellant on the 28th /12/2017.

The Apex Court which delivered it’s judgement on the 13th of October 2021 in the suit number SC155/2018 involved the appellant Prince Julius Agboola Olanipon and Alhaji Oseni Adu and 7 others.

while delivering it’s unanimous judgement on the Protracted legal battle over Obaship tussle in Akungba Akoko that lasted for almost two decades
the five man panel of justices of supreme court headed by justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili(JSC)now retired struck out the appeal for incompetence and therefore upheld the appeal court judgement that affirmed the candidature as well as coronation of Prince Oseni Isiaka Adu as the authentic Alale Of Akungba Akoko in Akoko South West areas of Ondo State.
Other members of the panel includes Justice Kudirat kekere Edun, Justice Ejembi Eko, Justice Mohammad Lawal Garba and Justice Ibrahim Musa Mohammad Saulawa.

The copy of the Apex Court judgement was officially received and thereafter made available to newsmen

It would be recalled that Alale stool became vacant after late Oba Adekanye Omosowon joined his ancestors in December, 2003.

The Obaship tussle had attracted litigation from Ajimoh lineage of Ole ruling family, challenging the selection of Prince Oseni Isiaka Adu from Agure-Mokun lineage by the town’s kingmakers.

However,Justice B.F Adeyeye of Ondo State High Court sitting in Ikare-Akoko had on December 20,2013 upheld kingmakers’ selection of Prince Oseni Isiaka Adu as the Alale-Elect from Agure Mokun branch of the Ole Ruling House and members of his lineage had right to the Alale stool.

Not satisfied with the judgment, Ajimoh branch of Ole Ruling House approached court of appeal to upturn the verdict claiming that Agure Mokun family was not entitled to the stool, which the court of appeal declined their request
and subsequently affirmed high court judgement in favour of prince Oseni Isiaka Adu as authentic monarch from Agure/Mokun Branch Of Ole Ruling House

While awaiting the verdict of the appellate court, at the twilight of the ex governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration,one mr Sunday Ajimoh was installed as the Alale of Akungba Akoko.

Meanwhile, counsel to Alale Elect, Mallam Gani Ashiru in a letter sent to Ondo state government urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN to immediately commence as a matter of urgency approve the selection and installation of his client as the new monarch of Akungba-Akoko since all courts’ verdicts to the supreme court had been in his favour.

Alale Elect Prince Oseni Isiaka Adu who appreciated God Almighty for the unshakeable victory and people of Akungba Akoko for their resilience throughout the legal battle therefore urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN to provide Water tight security in Akungba Akoko to forestall any unforseen circumstances from those who are not well pleased with the Supreme Court judgement.

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