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Why Court sacked Ooni of Ife’s second-in-command, ordered replacement

Chief Idowu Adediwura has been sacked as the Obalufe of Ile Ife by an Osun State High Court after it held that his installation was not in accordance with the provisions of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957.

The Court in its ruling on Wednesday also directed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, to, within 21 days, fill the stool with a candidate from the Aga Ruling House.

Obalufe is the traditional prime minister of Ife and he is next to Ooni in rank.

Presiding in the matter, Justice Foluke Awolalu of the Osun State High Court in Osogbo, in her judgment on the suit instituted by Abayomi Elugbuji on behalf of self and the Aga Ruling House, held that the installation of Adediwura was not in accordance with the provisions of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957.

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The court had earlier dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Adediwura seeking that the matter be dismissed because there were similar cases already instituted on the same matter.

On the merit of the case, the court held that going by the Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957, it was the turn of Aga Ruling House to produce Obalufe and not Ajagbusiekun, where Adediwura that was eventually installed hails from.

The court also restrained Adediwura from parading self as Obalufe.

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