The legal battle over the Alale stool, the traditional ruler of Akungba-Akoko in Ondo state will soon be settled as the Court of Appeal has reserved judgement on the case of which ruling house has right to produce the next monarch.
The Alale stool became vacant since Oba Adekanye Omosowon joined his ancestors in December, 2003 and all efforts to install his successor had ended in legal dispute involving two families Agure Mokun branch and Ajimoh branch of Ole ruling House.
After the adoption of written addresses by Counsel to Agure mokun family, Gani Ashiru and lawyer to Ajimoh Family, from Oba Adegbite Adedoyin’s chamber, the Presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Danjuma said date for the Appeal Court’s judgment would be communicated to the parties in the suit.
It would be recalled that Justice B.F Adeyeye of an Ondo state High Court sitting in Ikare-Akoko had on 20th December 2013 upheld kingmakers’ selection of Prince Oseni Isiaka Adu as the Alale-Elect from Agure Mokun branch of the Ole ruling house.
Not satisfied with the judgment, Ajimoh branch of Ole ruling house approached the Appellate court to upturned the verdict claiming that Agure Mokun family is not entitled to the stool.
While still waiting for the decision of the Appellate Court, former Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration early this year installed Prince Sunday Ajimoh as the new Alale of Akungba Akoko who was never a party to the legal battle.
The Ondo state government had recently suspended the coronation of the new Alale, Oba Sunday Isaac Ajimoh indefinitely.
In a letter to the monarch, the state government noted that the coronation slated for Saturday 29th July, 2017 would lead to breach of the prevailing peace in the town that play host to the owned Adekunle Ajasin University.
In the letter dated 19 July, 2017 and signed by the Director of chieftaincy affairs, Ministry of Local Government and chieftaincy affairs, Mr Adeyemi Adeyemo, the government directed all security agencies to enforce the suspension of the coronation appropriately.