An Oyo State High Court sitting in Awe, Afijio Local Government Area of the state, on Thursday, struck out the suit instituted against Governor Seyi Makinde by five kingmakers.
Recall that the kingmakers, popularly known as Oyomesi, dragged the governor, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to court to stop them from aborting the process for the selection/appointment of the candidate for filling the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo by the kingmakers.
The claimants in the suit were Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Ayoola; Lagunna of Oyo, High Chief Wakeel Oyedepo; Akinniku of Oyo, High Chief Amuda Yusuf; Areago Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Waheed Oyetunji and Alapo of Oyo, who is also Warrant Officer for Alaapini of Oyo, Chief Gbadebo Mufutau.
The plaintiffs were absent during Thursday’s hearing.
While ruling on the suit, Justice Ladiran Akintola, struck it out following its withdrawal by counsel to the claimants.
Meanwhile, the claimants have filed a fresh suit, which the presiding judge said the date for its hearing would be communicated to the parties involved.
The stool became vacant after the demise of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, who reigned for 52 years and died at the age of 83 in April 2022.