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Appeal court sacks Ondo monarch

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The court in a judgment delivered in December 2017, ordered Ogundoju to vacate the stool and stop parading himself as the traditional ruler of the community and ordered the ruling house to start a fresh process of electing a new monarch for the town.
Ogundolu was on July 28, 2015 removed by the state High Court barely two weeks after he was presented the staff of office by the Ondo State Government but he challenged the action at the appellate court.

The legal battle began in the community when some princes from Ogbowo Okun Ruling House led by Adetutu Ifashole and Okunade Makinde Fashole dragged Ogundoju and four others to court over his eligibility to contest for the vacant stool of the Akinnuwa of Igbindo town.

Other defendants in the suit, aside the monarch included Adeodi Adebayo, Taye Akinkugbe, the Chairman of the ruling house, Adeseeke Adewale Stephen and Joseph Olamodimu.

The princess prayed the court to declare Ogundoju ineligible to be the monarch of the town on the ground that he was from the female lineage of the ruling house against the custom and tradition to ascend to the throne which allows a person from only the male lineage.

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