UGO JCA (DELIVERING THE LEADING JUDGMENT): This appeal is against the judgment of the Ekiti State High Court, Ado-Ekiti Division, in suit No. HAD/227/2011, delivered by the Hon. Justice M.O. Abodunde, in which the learned trial judge, by his judgment of 29 November 2013, dismissed in their entirety the appellants’ claims for:
1. A declaration that the 1st claimant, the Onisin of Isinbode Ekiti is a crowned First Class Oba and a grade “A” traditional paramount ruler.
2. A declaration that the 1st claimant, the Isinbode of Onisin Ekiti is entitled to the permanent membership of the Ekiti State Council of traditional rulers and a member of Pelupelu.
3. An order of this honourable court, directing the defendants to upgrade the 1st claimant (Onisin of Isinbode) to his rightful status of a crowned First Class Oba and Pelupelu membership.
The suit, which was originally commenced by only the 1st appellant, the Onisin of Isinbode, as sole claimant but later joined by the 2nd and 3rd appellants (…