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Ambode seeks reversal of High Court order in Ikeja stopping the coronation ceremony of Ayangburen of Ikorodu

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Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode is seeking a reversal of the order by the  High Court in Ikeja stopping the coronation ceremony of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu .

The Ayangburen stool had become vacant on August 1, 2014 after the passage of Oba Oyefusi.

Last week Friday, a court presided over by Justice Ogungbesan stopped the coronation ceremony to fill the stool, which had been scheduled for last Saturday.

The judge  had restrained Ambode or anyone acting under his authority from going ahead to crown the Odofin of Ikorodu, Kabiru Shotobi, as the new Ayangburen of Ikorodu Kingdom.

The judge also restrained Shotobi from either presenting himself for coronation” or “parading himself as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, or actualising any recognition thereon as such, or exercising any of the Ayangburen royal functions,”  pending the determination of a suit filed by one Odupitan Eniola, from the Lambo branch of the Lasunwon chieftaincy family of Ikorodu Kingdom.

The coronation ceremony, however, reportedly held last Saturday as scheduled.

Ambode, who was represented in court by a state counsel, S.A. Quadri, urged the judge to vacate the order, saying it was made in error.

According to Quadri, former Governor Babatunde Fashola had, on May 26, 2015, installed Shotobi as the new Ayangburen .

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

Also in court on today was the lawyer for the Ikorodu kingmakers, Olusegun Fabunmi, who had also raised a preliminary objection, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case.

The case was adjourned  till October 6, 2015 .

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