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Olubadan: Withdraw case in court, Lekan Balogun, others tells lawyer

A letter has been written by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadan land, High Chief Lekan Balogun alongside other members of the Olubadan-in-Council who were crowned Obas in 2017, to withdraw their case challenging a consent judgment on their elevation from high chiefs to Obaship status.

The decision of the High Chiefs is contained in a letter dated January 30 with names and titles of the affected High Chiefs listed as clients.

The letter, addressed to their lawyer, Kunle Sobaloju with the title, ‘Re: Oba Senator Lekan Balogun & others vs Governor of Oyo State and others’, saw the kingmakers instructing Sobaloju to “discontinue and withdraw” the case with immediate effect.

The letter read in part: “We are your client in the above suit No: 1/22/2020/.

“After careful and painstaking consideration of the lingering crisis trailing the succession of the throne of our new Olubadan of Ibadan land, we resolved as follows:

“That the peace of Ibadan land is paramount in our hearts and as such no sacrifice is too much to be made to achieve the same.

“That we as kingmakers and members of Olubadan-in-Council have decided to withdraw our above-mentioned suit in High Court of Justice of Oyo State, Ibadan with immediate effect.

“That future reforms or reviews to the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957 should be kept in view, for now, to be addressed during the tenure of our new Olubadan of Ibadan.

“Given the above, we as your clients are now instructing you to discontinue the above suit and withdraw same forthwith from the court of law of Oyo State and file a notice of withdrawal in court the latest February 1, 2022, without failure.”

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