Supreme Court has affirmed the appointment of Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, Okikiola Esuwoye II, as the Olofa of Offa in Kwara.
Justice Walter Onnoghen delivered the unanimous judgment of the five justices, Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Nwali Ngwuta, Mary Peter-Odili and Amiru Sanusi.
In his lead judgment, Onnoghen held that the appointment by the Kwara Government was in line with the customs and tradition of the people of Offa.
The apex jurist held that Anilelerin is the only authentic ruling house that could ascend the thrown of Olofa, adding that the Olugbense ruling house had no historical backing.
“From the history, customs and tradition of the people of Offa, it is clear that Anilelerin ruling house, is the authentic and only ruling house backed by native law and authority that can ascend the thrown of Olofa.”
He also dismissed the principle of rotation of the kingship in Offa land.
“If there is rotation as claimed by the Olugbense family, the principle will have started before the ascension of the immediate past Olofa, Oba Mustapha Olanipekun. This court also found, as a fact, that there is no rotational policy in existence as far as the stool of Olofa of Offa is concerned.
“The claim of the Olugbense family has no historical backing and therefore, the claim of the appellant, through a counter claim on the issue, succeeds and is hereby affirmed.”
The court also held that the ascension to the throne is by election and not by rotation as claimed by the Olugbense family.
He also declared the state government Gazette of 1970, which recognised Olugbense ruling house was null and void because it was contrary to the customs and tradition of the people of Offa.
The apex court also set aside the judgments secured by the plaintiffs at the state High Court and the Court of Appeal Division in Ilorin.
The court, however, expressed …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot