OPENE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): In the High Court of Akwa Ibom State holden at Ikot Abasi, The respondent as plaintiff claimed against the defendants/appellants jointly and severally as follows:-
"1. A declaration that the village headship of Ikot Akata village in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area is traditionally rotatory and never hereditory/confined to one Ekpuk.
2. A declaration that the plaintiff was, having regard to the customs, traditions and usages of Ikot Akata village, validly selected, presented and recommended by the Mkpat Enin Traditional Rulers Council to the 3rd and 1st defendants for certification as per their minutes dated 29th April, 1993 and 14th May, 1993 and that the 3rd defendant had no legal basis for suppressing the aforesaid recommendation and putting up a case for the 4th defendant.
3. A declaration that the attempt of the 3rd defendant to reopen a fresh enquiry on the matter by the State Council of Chiefs when there was no further dispute on…