The selection and installation of Oba Ghandi Olaoye as the new Soun of Ogbomoso has been nullified by a High Court sitting in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
Olaoye was announced by the Oyo State Government as the new Soun. He was subsequently installed on September 8, 2023, by the kingmakers of the town.
One of those who contested the position with Olaoye, Prince Kabir Olaoye had dragged Ghandi to court, saying he was not eligible for the position of Soun of Ogbomoso.
Justice K.A Adedokun, while ruling on an ex-parte motion filed by Kabir, had restrained the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in Oyo State either by themselves, agents, or officials from presenting any instrument of office in any form of ceremony or issuance of certificate of installation to Ghandi pending the hearing and final determination of the mandatory injunction already filed before the court.
Kabir Olaoye had said the selection of Ghandi did not follow due process and the Ogbomoso chieftaincy declaration.
He, therefore, prayed the court to nullify the selection process and order the kingmakers to commence a fresh selection process.
Delivering judgment on Thursday, Justice Adedokun nullified the selection and installation of Ghandi as Soun of Ogbomoso and ordered the kingmakers to commence a fresh selection process to select a new monarch for the town.