By Folake Oye

An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has restrained Governor, Ademola Adeleke from presenting the Staff of Office to the new Aree of Iree, Oba Muritala Oyelakin.

The restraining order followed a motion ex-parte filed by Oba Raphael Oluponle in a suit through his counsel, Abdulrahman Okunade, where he sought an order of interlocutory restraining Governor Adeleke from proceeding further in installing Oyelakin as the Aree, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

Other defendants in the suit are Prince Muritala Oyelakin, the State Attorney-General, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs among others.

After the application had been moved, the presiding judge, Justice Awe, held, “I have no doubt in my mind having considered the deposition of the applicant together with the attached exhibits, as well as the counsel’s submissions on same that this application ought to succeed.

“There is indeed an urgent need to maintain the status quo ante bellum pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction also filed in respect of the same matter.

“Accordingly, the claimant/applicant’s application succeeds and it is hereby ordered as prayed.”

The applicant in the matter, Oba Raphael Oluponle was appointed and installed Aree by the immediate past governor of Osun, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola in November 2022. towards the end of his tenure, while his successor, Senator Adeleke, had immediately, after taking over, reversed the appointments of all traditional rulers appointed by Oyetola.

The state government had earlier slated tomorrow for the presentation of the certificate, instrument, and staff of office to Prince Muritala Oyelakin as the new Aree of Iree

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