By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta has refused the application seeking the vacation of an interlocutory injunction restraining the Ogun state government from demoting 75 coronet Obas.
Ruling on the application brought by the Counsel to respondent in a suit no AB/ 137/2020, the Presiding Judge, Justice A.A Akinyemi said the court will give accelerated hearing to the originating summon, adding that the need to vacate the interlocutory injunction is not necessary.
It could be recalled that Justice Akinyemi had given an interlocutory injunction on Tuesday in a ruling on a suit filed by the traditional rulers.
He also ruled that the state government and the Coronet Obas should maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the substantive case initiated by the claimants.
While the lead counsel to the claimants, Olumide Oniyire, described the interlocutory injunction as a welcome development, the counsel to the state government, O. Dankuwo, refused to speak about the court’s decision.
The monarchs were deposed on February 6, 2020, as the state government described the processes of their appointment and upgrade as illegal.
About two weeks before he left office, the administration of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun presented letters of appointment and promotion to the 75 Coronet Obas on May 13, 2019