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Ambode asks court to reverse restraining order on Ikorodu Chief Coronation

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, through his counsel, today August 20, 2015 urged the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja to reverse the ruling it made on Friday August 14, 2015 to stop the coronation of Prince Adewale Sotobi as the Ayangburen, of Ikorodu Kingdom.

Governor Ambode, who was represented in court by a state counsel, Mr. S.A. Quadri, urged the judge to reverse the order, saying it was made in error and that the ex parte ought not to have been granted if the facts were revealed to the honorable court

Mr Quadri, who described the ex parte application that led to the order as an abuse of court processes, pointed out that the order was made after Shotebi had already been given the staff of office.

According to Quadri, former Governor Babatunde Fashola had, on May 26, 2015, installed Shotebi as the new Ayangburen after Shotebi was presented to him at the 17th meeting of the State Executive Council held on May 25, 2015.

Quadri added that, contrary to the facts presented before the court, the event which took place on Saturday was not the coronation, but a mere social gathering to celebrate Shotebi’s installment as a monarch.

Also in court today was the lawyer for the Ikorodu kingmakers, Mr. Olusegun Fabunmi, who also raised a preliminary objection, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case. The kingmakers – Chief Zacheus Odusoga, Chief Afolabi Adekanyaoja, Chief Karimu Ore and Chief Jacob Adaraloye – are urging the court to not only vacate the restraining order but to dismiss the entire suit.

The judge has adjourned the matter till October 6, 2015 for mention

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