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75 Ogun monarchs challenge Dapo Abiodun in court over demotion

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Seventy-five monarchs in Ogun State who suffered demotion, have dragged Governor Dapo Abiodun to court.

POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the royal fathers appointed and promoted by a former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun.

The monarchs, in the writs of summon, described the reversal of their upgrading, appointments, and promotions by Abiodun as a nullity and of no effect, whatsoever.

The monarchs joined the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; state House of Assembly; and the state Attorney General as defendants.

They told the court that their upgrading, which took effect from May 13, 2019, was in line with Section 25(1)(2) of the Chiefs Law, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

Amosun had upgraded the monarchs, who were previously ‘Baales’ (chiefs), as Coroneted Obas of their respective communities at the twilight of his administration.

But Abiodun ordered their demotion after a Chieftaincy Review Committee he set up recommended the reversal of their appointments.

In the originating summons, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the monarchs are seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from preventing them from acting, parading or referring to themselves as Coroneted Obas.

However, the hearing has been scheduled for April 27, 2020 at a High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

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