Saturday, 13 May 2017

Royal Rumble: Ogundokun sues Oluwo over removal of chieftaincy titles + How Asabeafrika Predicted it…

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The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi with his estranged godfather, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun
The purported vendetta and chieftaincy tussle ensuing between an Osun monarch, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi and the former Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), High Chief Abiola Ogundokun has worn a new garment as Ogundokun headed to court to challenge the withdrawal of his chieftaincy titles by the monarch.
It should be recalled that Oba Akanbi had on Sunday (April 30) announced the revocation of all chieftaincy titles of 82-year old Chief Ogundokun, ranging from Islamic, social and traditional titles.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun....The Otunbalogun of Iwo land...Very Angry with Oluwo for trying to rubbish his good efforts in Iwo Land
Oba Akanbi in a meeting with some chiefs said “As the ruler and custodian of all Traditional, Cultural religious and social clubs in Iwoland, I hereby relief him of all his traditional and social titles ranging from Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land, member of Iwo Board of Trustees (IBOT), Otun Balogun of Iwo land and other proposed titles that may be accorded to him from Iwo”.
The Oluwo almost prostrating to thank Chief Ogundokun for an advice last year at Ogundokun's daughter's wedding

"A Chief is appointed to favour the town. Any Chief, either traditional or religious treasonable should be dealt with accordingly. Ogundokun is one of them. I removed him after due consultation with Chiefs, religious leaders, stakeholders and opinion leaders in the interest of Iwo”.
The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1)
But Ogundokun in his swift reaction fired back, saying Oluwo lacks competence to strip him of his religious and traditional chieftaincy and described the purported removal as a mere joke.
Asabeafrika in an earlier report had predicted that the media baron and former PDP chieftain might head to court. Our prediction seems to have come to pass as High Chief Abiola Ogundokun heads to court yesterday morning.
The Ooni of Ile-Ife (The Source) His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) said to be shocked and distraught over Oluwo's attitude to Chief Ogundokun
In the plaintiff's statement of claim, filled by his legal practitioner, Barrister Soji Oyetayo,  and a copy which was made available to Asabeafrika in Osogbo, Ogundokun claimed that the Islamic clerics from the Local Governments in Iwo land under the headship of the Chief Imam of Iwo, conferred on him the chieftaincy title of Bashorun Musulumi of Iwoland sometimes in the year 2000 and he was subsequently turbaned in recognition of his contribution to the development and growth of Islam in Iwo land.
Writ of Summons
Writ of Summons
Writ of Summons

According to the statement, "the plaintiff shall at the trial of this suit, rely on the certificate issued in his favour when the said chieftaincy title was conferred on him”.

"The plaintiff further avers that the said chieftaincy title of Bashorun Musulumi of Iwo land is purely an islamic religion title and is not associated with the traditional chieftaincy title in Iwo in which the 1st Defendant is the prescribed authority”.
Writs of Summon
Writs of Summons

"The plaintiff further avers that 1st Defendant has no role to play whatsoever in the appointment, installation and/or turbaning of Bashorun Musulumi of Iwoland.

"The plaintiff further stated that he has been performing his duties as the Bashorun Musulumi of Iwo land to the satisfaction of islamic clerics in Iwo land and the generality of Muslims by fostering peaceful coexistence among the Muslims and developments of Mosque within the three Local Government Areas.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun....Balogun Musulumi of Iwo land

"The plaintiff avers that the 1st Defendant was appointed as the Oluwo of Iwo sometimes in the year 2015 and because of his love for Iwo town, he gave the 1st Defendant his support both morally and financially towards his post-coronation as the Oluwo of Iwo”.
Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1) Oluwo of Iwo

"The plaintiff further avers that he stood by the 1st Defendant throughout his trial during his problem with the Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke which culminated in a quasi-criminal charge brought against him by the Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke”.
Writ of Summons
Writ of Summons
Writ of Summons

"The plaintiff avers that, however, the 1st Defendant has been behaving strangely after an honest advice rendered to him by the plaintif not to extort money from several persons jostling for chieftaincy titles but from those he would confer with such chieftaincy titles”.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun in a dancing session with the Oluwo of Iwo recently

"The plaintiff further asserted that the piece of advice given to 1st Defendant didn't go down well with him as he (1st Defendant) subsequently and purportedly announced that he had been stripped and/or removed from all the chieftaincy titles in Iwo land including Bashorun Musulumi of Iwoland”.
"The plaintiff avers that the 1st defendant has no power to remove and/ or strip him as the Basorun of Musulumi of Iwo land as he was not the one who installed him as such and Bashorun Musulumi of Iwo land is not a traditional title”.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun with the Oluwo during Chief Ogundokun's daughter's white wedding at Bishop Vining Memorial Church, Ikeja-Lagos
"The plaintiff further avers that the 1st Defendant has also been putting pressure on the 2nd Defendant to remove him as Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land otherwise, he too (the 2nd Defendant) would be removed as the Chief Imam of Iwo.
Writ of Summons
Writ of Summons
Writ of Summons

"The plaintiff further avers that since the purported announcement of his removal by the 1st Defendant, the 1st Defendant, has through his armed thugs prevented the Plaintiff from worshipping at the Central Mosque, Iwo”.

"The plaintiff further avers that his life has been continuously threatened by the 1st Defendant and his armed thugs”.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun dancing with the Oluwo & his Jamaican wife during Chief Ogundokun's daughter's wedding last August, 2016

"The plaintiff further avers that the 1st Defendant is now planning to install and/or turban anothe person as Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land on the 12th day of May, 2017 (Yesterday, which he failed to carry out due to massive pressure from prominent Iwo indigenes).

"The plaintiff further avers that if the 1st Defendant is allowed to carry out the proposed installatiion of another person as the Bashorun Musulumi of Iwo land, there may be breach of peace within Iwo land since he has not been lawfully and/or legally stripped of the said chieftaincy title by the appointed authority".
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun welcoming the Oluwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi into his Lagos Mansion last year September during his daughter's wedding

Praying court to restrain the 1st Defendant from the purported act, the Plaintiff urged the court to declare that Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land is an islamic religious title bestowed on worthy Muslim from Iwo land (consisting of three Local Governments of Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa) by the islamic clerics from the said three LGs.

"Declaration that the Plaintiff is the incumbent Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land having been installed and/or turbaned as such by the Islamic clerics from the trhree Local Governments comprising Iwo land since the year 2000.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun with the Press during an encounter with the 4 ruling Houses in Iwo who are allegedly against Oluwo's indiscretion

"Declaration that the 1st Defendant has no power to remove and/or strip the plaintiff as Basorun Musulumi of Iwoland having not been the person who appointed, installed and/or turbaned him and the said chieftaincy not being a traditional chieftaincy in which the 1st defendant is the prescribed authority.

"Declaration that the 2nd Defendant cannot single highhandedly remove and/or strip the Plaintiff as the Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land without the consent and/or authority of other islamic clerics from other towns in the said three Local Governments comprising Iwo land.
High Chief Abiola Ogundokun....Speaking with African Independent Television (AIT) & Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) last Weekend in Iwo town during his appearance with the 4 ruling Houses in the town

The plaintiff therefore sought the court order restraining the 1st and 2nd Defendants, their servants, agents, and/or prives from appointing, installing and/or turbaning any other person as Basorun Musulumi of Iwo land.  

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