Justice C. C. Ogunsanya of the Ogun State High Court, Sagamu Judicial Division, has upheld the installation of Oba Adeyinka Onakade as the Alakenne of Ikenne.
Ogunsanya dismissed the claims filed by Prince Oluwayomi Ademola Adeyiga, asking the court to declare that the nomination, selection and appointment of Ob Onakade as the Alakenne of Ikenne as illegal, null and void.
The court in its judgement which was earlier scheduled to be delivered on April 9, 2020 but was shifted due to the COVID-19 lockdown and was delivered on June 3, further set aside the purported nomination and selection of Adeyiga by the Obara Ruling House as the Alakenne of Ikenne-elect in February 2018.
Ogunsanya further gave a declaration that the stool of the Alakenne of Ikenne was filled on May 25, 2011 when the Executive Council of Ogun State approved the nomination and selection of Oba Onakade as the Alakenne of Ikenne.
In addition, the court granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the claimant, Prince Oluyomi Ademola Odeneye-Adeyiga, from parading himself as the Alakenne of Ikenne.
Adeyiga had file a suit delineated HCS/62/2018 before the Ogun State High Court 2 sitting at Sagamu against Oba Mosudi Adeyinka Onakade and two others; the Governor of Ogun State and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, asking the court to declare that the Alakenne of Ikenne Chieftaincy Declaration Edict 1998 regulating the appointment of the Alakenne of Ikenne Chieftaincy approved on July 15, 1998 and registered on July 17, 1988 is the only valid declaration for the Alakenne Chieftaincy.
He also asked for a declaration of court that the selection and appointment of Oba Onakade as the Alakenne of Ikenne is contrary to the provisions of the Alakenne of Ikenne Chieftaincy Declaration Edict 1998 and is illegal, null and void as well as an order setting aside his nomination, selection and appointment.
Further, he asked the court to stop Oba Onakade from parading himself as the Alakenne of Ikenne and to declare him, Adeyiga, as the Alakenne of Ikenne having been duly nominated by the Obara Ruling House and presented to the kingmakers in accordance with the Alakenne of Ikenne Chieftaincy Declaration Edict 1998 especially since he had performed the necessary traditional rites expected of an Oba before ascending the throne.
In his reaction to the judgement, the Alakenne of Ikenne, Oba Onakade stated that he gave glory to God that the case was resolved.
The monarch described the court pronouncement as a landmark judgement.
He said: “Consequence upon the laudable judgement, I, Alayeluwe Oba Adeyinka Onakade, Moruwafu 1, Alakenne of Ikenne, wholeheartedly extend my hand of fellowship to all the good people of Ikenne because I believe that there is neither victor nor vanquished in this contest.”
“I am humbly appealing to everybody to let us embrace love, peace and cooperation to move Ikenne forward. God help us.”