SAMUEL CHUKWUDUMEBI OSEJI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the interlocutory Ruling of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikorodu Division, delivered by H.A.O ABIRU J (as he then was) with respect to the Obaship title of OLUBESHE of IBESHE chieftaincy stool in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The 1st Respondent herein had as Claimant in the Lower Court commenced an action against the Appellants (as 2nd to 4th Defendants) and the 2nd to 4th Respondents in this appeal as the 1st, 5th 6th and Defendants respectively. By a writ of summons and statement of claim dated 15-5-2007 he claimed the following reliefs:-
1. DECLARATION that the Claimant is the person lawfully and legally selected, recommended and nominated for appointment and installation as the next Oba Olubeshe of Ibesheland in Ikorodu Local Government of Lagos State.
2. DECLARATION that the 6th Defendant was never selected, nominated for the appointment or installation as the next Oba…