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Dr Olapade Agoro of Olapade Agoro Estate, Ibadan has fired back at Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration in Osun State  for warning him to stop parading himself as the Owa Atapami of Ijesaland by saying that   the title did not exist

Olapade Agoro who was the presidential candidate of National Action Council (NAC) described the warning of the state Government as a diversionary  tactic to shift the attention of the masses from the mis-governance of the state by the current administration.

The state government on Sunday sounded a notice of warning to  Dr. Agoro to stop parading himself as the Atapami of Itapa-Ijesa in Osun State.

In a letter dated August 19, 2016 and was signed by Mr. Femi Ogundun for the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy, Water Resources, Rural and Community Affairs insisted that there is no chieftaincy title called Atapami of Itapa-Ijesa.

“Atapami of Itapa-Ijesa is nonexistent and you should stop parading yourself as a holder of a nonexistent title as this runs contrary to section 21 sub – sections 3(9) and (b) of the chief’s law, cap. 25, laws of the state of Osun, 2012”

Reacting in a statement, Olapade Agoro asked ” What has chieftaincy wrangling got to do with the current predicament of the Osun State people, especially the workers who have been placed under half salary payment for months by Governor’s Aregbesola who has not even been paying the half salaries as at when due?”

“Osun State has not had it so bad by the previous administrations. The entire workers have been impoverished by this administration which has left the substance but is chasing the shadow,” Agoro remarked.

Agoro challenged the governor to account for billions of naira which he has collected from the federal allocation to better the lots of the masses who have been turned to flotsam and jet sam” of the society, he observed.

He pointed out that records of his installation in June 1982 where the Eleremon of Ereman, Oba Joe Oyeyemi who was among the dignitaries, prostrated for him, were there for posterity.

“Osun State Government has been promoting one controversy or the other. Today it is poke nosing into chieftaincy wrangling. Yesterday it was Hijab issue in Secondary schools and bastardisation of education. No one can say what the Governor would do very soon. We are going to resolve this issue in the court of law as my team of lawyers has been lined up to seek redress,” he disclosed

Agoro added that the bone of contention between him and the government was his constructive criticism of Governor Aregbesola’s administration, which he said, lacked human face because the workers and the entire people of the state had been made to regret voting for APC government which they hoped against hope would, would better their lots.

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  1. Dr. Olapade Agoro

    September 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009
    B. FORMS
    FORM NO. 1
    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ORDER ENFORCING
    A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT (ORDER 2 RULE 1)
    SUIT NO: FHC/IB/CS/90/2016
    IN THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT, IN IBADAN, OYO STATE JUDICIAL DIVISION
    BETWEEN:
    DR OLAPADE AGORO (ALADURA PATRIARCH) PLAINTIFF/APPLICANT OWA’TAPA OF ITAPA – IJESA LAND, National Chairman / former Presidential Candidate, National Action Council (NAC)

    1. MR. FEMI OGUNDUN, DIRECTOR, MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINCY “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT
    2. MR RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA, GOVERNOR “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT
    3. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT
    4. FEDERAL GOVT. OF NIGERIA
    5. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION
    DEFENDANTS/RESPONDENTS
    IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION BY OWA’TAPA OF ITAPA IJESA LAND, DR. OLAPADE AGORO FOR AN ORDER FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF HIS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT
    AND
    IN THE MATTER OF OWA’TAPA OF ITAPA IJESA LAND DR OLAPADE AGORO APPLICANT
    TAKE NOTICE that the Federal High Court, Holden at IBADAN will be moved on …………SEPTEMBER 2016 or so soon thereafter as the Plaintiff/Litigant in Person can be heard for an Order on the Defendants as prayed in the Plaintiff’s Application issued under the power and authority of this Hon. Court on …………………………..2016 thus: Pursuant to PREAMBLE Section 1. 2. 3. ORDERS I,II, III, to XV of Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009 AND CHAPTER II, Sections 15 Sub 5, 17 (i) Chapter IV 36 (1) 40, 41, 42 of AMENDED CONSTITUTION OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA 2011:WHO CLAIMS: (i)To have had his Fundamental Rights to (a) Fair hearing before Courts of competent jurisdiction impeded (b) Freedom to belong to association of his age long OWA ATAPAMI Traditional Ruling House for the protection of his traditional interests curtailed, (c) Freedom to move freely throughout Nigeria curtailed (d) Freedom from being restricted and having his fundamental human rights derogated upon; AND who was publicly abused, insulted, defamed, harassed and threatened by the Defendants, particularly by one MR. FEMI OGUNDUN, Director, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy, Water resources, Rural and Community Affairs, “State of Osun “Government; AND on the instruction of the 2nd and 3rd Defendants, with deliberate intention to cause harm to the Applicant and his high profile public reputations, caused to be published on the airwave of ‘Osun State Broadcasting Corporation’ and later at page 8 Nigeria Tribune newspaper edition of 31 August 2016 an highly hate inciting,false, malicious, and defamatory words concerning the Applicant;
    (ii) AND WHO claims to have his safety publicly threatened by the Defendants.
    AND TAKE NOTICE that on the hearing of this Application the said Applicant DR OLAPADE AGORO (ALADURA PATRIARCH) OWA’TAPA OF ITAPA – IJESA LAND will use his sworn to Affidavit and Exhibits therein referred to.
    QUESTIONS HUMBLY BROUGHT BY THE APPLICANT BEFORE THIS HON. COURT TO BE JUDICIOUSLY ANSWERED ARE AS FOLLOWS:
    1. IN THE LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THERE ARE ONLY 36 STATES STIPULATED UNDER CHAPTER 1 SUB SECTION 3 (1) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, WILL IT NOT BE AN ILLEGALITY, ABNORMALITY, TRAITOROUS AND TREASONABLE FELONY ACTION FOR THE 1ST DEFENDANT ON THE INSTRUCTION OF THE 2ND AND 3RD DEFENDANTS TO HAVE WRITTEN TO THE APPLICANT A LETTER FROM A NON EXISTING “STATE OF OSUN” AND WHICH “STATE OF OSUN” IS TOTALLY UNKNOWN TO THE CONSTITUTION OF NIGERIA AND WHICH SAID LETTER DATED 19TH AUGUST 2016 WAS SERVED SAME DAY OF 19 AUGUST 2016 ON THE APPLICANT AT HIS OLAPADE AGORO ESTATE APATA IBADAN, UNDER THE INHERENT JURISDICTION OF THIS COURT.
    2. WILL IT NOT BE AN INCONSISTENCY WITH STIPULATION IN CHAPTER 1 PART 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA FOR THE 2ND TO 3RD DEFENDANTS TO HAVE UNLAWFULLY AND ILLEGALLY CAST OUT FOR THEMSELVES A NON EXISTING “STATE OF OSUN” OUT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND TO HAVE RECKLESSLY PUBLISHED AN ADVERTORIAL IN SOME OF THE NATION’S NEWSPAPERS PARTICULARLY THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER EDITION OF THURSDAY JULY 28 2016 ENTTILED “JUDICIAL SERVICE OF INQUIRY INTO DISPUTED CHIEFTAINCY DECLARATIONS AND OTHER ALLIED CHIEFTAINCY MATTER GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, OSOGBO “STATE OF OSUN” NIGERIA”
    3. WILL IT NOT BE DELIBRATE DEMONSTRATION OF UNSOUND MIND, POSSIBLE LUNACY AND ABUSE OF ‘FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLE OF STATE POLICY POWER’ STIPULATED IN CHAPTER 15 (1) SECTION (5) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA THAT “ THE STATE SHALL ABOLISH ALL CORRUPT PRACTICES AND ABUSE OF POWER” AND WHEREAS THE 2ND DEFENDANT MR RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA SINCE HE WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE AS GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE, HAVE CORRUPTLY ABUSED HIS OFFICIAL POWERS COLLECTING REVENUE ALLOCATIONS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REVENUE ALLOCATION COMMISSSION IN THE NAME OF ‘OSUN STATE’ AND ILLEGGALY AND CRIMINALLY CONVERTING USAGES OF THE REVENUES COLLECTED FOR THE USE AND ADVANTAGE OF A NON EXISTING “STATE OF OSUN”
    4. WILL IT NOT BE DELIBRATE AND PROVOCATIVE ABUSE OF THE APPLICANT’S FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT TO: (a) PEACEFUL EXISTENCE (b) Fair hearing before Courts of competent jurisdiction (c) Freedom to belong to association of his age long OWA ATAPAMI Traditional Ruling House for the protection of his traditional interests (d) Freedom to move freely throughout Nigeria (e) Freedom from having his fundamental human rights derogated upon (f) Freedom from being exposed TO PUBLIC DISDAIN, Harassment AND DANGERS; WHEREAS the 1st DEFENDANTS on the instruction of the 2nd and 3rd Defendants wrote a letter dated 9 August 2016 and served same to the Applicant whereby the Defendants incited and published hate materials and highly distorted historical odium concerning the Applicant and his Owa’Atapami Chieftaincy title to the Nigeria Police and other security agencies AND further went far publishing the odium in the Nigerian Tribune newspaper edition of 31st August 2016 and as well published the falsity to the general public through the airwave of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation.
    5. IN THE LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THERE ARE ONLY 36 STATES STIPULATED UNDER CHAPTER 1 SUB SECTION 3 (1) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, WILL IT NOT BE AN ILLEGALITY, ABNORMALITY, TRAITOROUS AND TREASONABLE FELONY ACTION FOR THE 2ND DEFENDANT MR RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA OPERATING AN IMAGINARY “ STATE OSUN” TO HAVE GIVEN APPROVAL/S TO THE APPOINTMENT/S AND TO HAVE APPOINTED SOME INDIVIDUALS TO VARIOUS POSITIONS, CHIEFTAINCY TITLES ET AL AND TO HAVE SIGNED LETTERS OF APPROVAL/S APPOINTING VARIOUS PEOPLE TO VARIOUS POSITIONS UNDER THE SEAL OF A NON “EXISTING STATE OF OSUN”
    DATED this 5th day of September 2016

    DR OLAPADE AGORO (ALADURA PATRIARCH) OWA’TAPA OF ITAPA – IJESA LAND NATIONAL CHAIRMAN/FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, NATIONAL ACTION COUNCIL (NAC)
    APPLICANT / LITIGANT IN PERSON

    FOR SERVICE ON: DEFENDANTS/RESPONDENTS
    1. MR. FEMI OGUNDUN, DIRECTOR, MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINCY “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT, BOLA IGE HOUSE, OSOGBO
    2. MR RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA GOVERNOR OF “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT, BOLA IGE HOUSE, OSOGBO
    3. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT, BOLA IGE HOUSE, OSOGBO
    4. FEDERAL GOVT. OF NIGERIA, ABUJA
    5. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF JUSTICE, ABUJA

    APPLICANT’S ADDRESS FOR SERVICE:
    DR OLAPADE AGORO (ALADURA PATRIARCH) OWA’TAPA OF ITAPA – IJESA LAND National Chairman/former Presidential Candidate, National Action Council, (NAC) Olapade Agoro Estate, Behind Govt. College, Apata, Ibadan
    TEL: 08053444403; 07031593131; 08027244747
    E-MAIL olapadeagoro2002@yahoo.com
    FILED FEDERAL HIGH COURT 7/9/16 IBADAN
    Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009
    B. FORMS
    FORM NO. 1
    NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ORDER ENFORCING
    A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT (ORDER 2 RULE 1)
    SUIT NO: FHC/IB/CS/90/2016
    IN THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT, IN IBADAN, OYO STATE JUDICIAL DIVISION
    BETWEEN:
    DR OLAPADE AGORO (ALADURA PATRIARCH) PLAINTIFF/APPLICANT OWA’TAPA OF ITAPA – IJESA LAND, National Chairman / former Presidential Candidate, National Action Council (NAC)

    1. MR. FEMI OGUNDUN, DIRECTOR, MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINCY “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT
    2. MR RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA, GOVERNOR “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT
    3. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF “STATE OF OSUN” GOVERNMENT
    4. FEDERAL GOVT. OF NIGERIA
    ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION
    DEFENDANTS/RESPONDENTS

    AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF AN APPLICATION BY DR. OLAPADE AGORO FOR AN ORDER FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF HIS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT
    I, Dr. OlapadeAgoro (Aladura Patriarch) Owa’ Tapa of Itapa Ijesa land, Male, Adult, Christian, National Chairman/Former Presidential Candidate, National Action Council (NAC) Former Juror at Snaresbrook Crown Court Snaresbrook UK, currently a member of World Jurists Association, a Nigerian who has contributed largely and variously to human benefiting factors, of OlapadeAgoro Estate, Behind Govt. College Apata Ibadan and of OwaAtapami Royal Palace, Erinmo -ItapaIjesa, Make Oath and say as follows:
    1. That I am the Plaintiff/ Litigant In Person in this case and having its full facts
    2. That naturally I, am a peace lover, promoter of peace initiatives and human benefitting projects all over Nigeria and currently promoting the Proposed OlapadeAgoro Business University at Itapa Ijesa 1st in Africa andon which I have so far expended well over Naira 250 million
    3. That it is pertinent to mention humbly hereby that a man who has committed so much of his life investments, savings and resources on human benefitting causes will not and shall not want to be seen involved in peace disturbing characteristics talk less of violence.
    4. That as a means of alleviating the sufferings of the poor women in the community, I was forced to start in the year 2013 two markets one in front of Owa Atapami Royal Palace/ Proposed OlapadeAgoro Business University and the other at maternity area– Iwaraja –Effon Road end of the road side, all at total cost to me; and that the two markets are not only thriving now but has become veritable means of revenue generation to the ITAPA IJESA community at large; AND which prompted the two side market women FREELY donating to me one bag of rice and twenty tubers of yam for the purpose of entertaining the visiting National Universities Commission members .
    5. That however after a long time waiting for the National Universities Commission, visitation team coming to do the 1st visitation of the Proposed OlapadeAgoro Business University at Owa Atapami Royal Estate, Erinmo- ItapaIjesa, the day of dream fulfilment came February 21-22 2016. Copy of the drawn programme of the event please find annexed hereby and marked as EXHIBIT OA1
    1. The acknowledgment receipt given to me by DHL is also hereby pleaded and marked as EXHIBIT OA5
    2. That upon close examination of the letter written to me by the 1st – 3rd Defendants I discovered that it was written from a “STATE OF OSUN” And which prompted me to write a letter dated 2016-09-01 to the 2nd Defendant Mr. RaufAdesojiAregbesola; Copy which letter is hereby Pleaded and marked as EXHIBIT OA6 AND copy of receipt for dispatch given to me by DHL is hereby pleaded and marked as EXHIBIT OA7
    3. That it is on public record that President , Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces MuhammaduBuhari GCFR came to visit OSUN STATE on Thursday the 1st September 2016 and was publicly received by the 2nd defendant NOT as Governor “ STATE OF OSUN” but as Governor of OSUN STATE.
    4. That this clearly showed the 2nd Defendant as an highly treacherous character full of deceit and lies who for diabolical reasons operates an imaginary “STATE OF OSUN’ for a purposeful evil intention against the well being of Osun State people and Nigeria and Nigerians at large.
    5. That the issues brought for adjudication before this Hon. Court are: (i)To determine if there is a ‘STATE’ known and recognized by 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as “STATE OF OSUN” (ii) To determination the weight and viability of the letter written to me by the 1st to 3rd Defendant from an Imaginary and illegal “STATE OF OSUN” (iii) To determination the weight and viability of the Advertorial Placed in some newspapers by the by the 1st to 3rd Defendant from an Imaginary “STATE OF OSUN” particularly in THE PUNCH newspaper edition of THURSDAY JULY 28 2016 copy which is hereby pleaded and marked as EXHIBIT OA 8
    6. That the highly offensive and deceit laden letter written to me by the 1st to 3rd Defendants and copy of which was made available to the Commissioner of Police, Nigeria Police, Osun State Command, with extension to The Director State Department of Security Services etc and as well to the general public far and wide through the airwave of Osun State Broadcasting Corporation was with bad intention meant to cause me disparage, public hate, public oppose and disrespect and which it eventually did.
    7. That the 2nd Defendant Mr. RaufAdesojiAregbesola owes it a duty to explain to the general public in what STATE name he had collected money from the Federal Revenue Allocation Commission; The total sum he had collected and for what purpose.
    8. That the 2nd Defendant Mr. RaufAdesojiAregbesola owes it a duty to explain to Hon. Court (i) why he had to purchase an aircraft for his use in the administration of an imaginary STATE OF OSUN (ii) The cost of the aircraft (iii) The route logging of the aircraft since purchased (iv) the source of funding and maintenance and (v) Why and for what purpose he flewmany times with the South Americas.

    25. That I make this Oath in good faith knowing its facts to be true, correct and in line with the Oaths law of the Federation.

    DEPONENT SIGNED
    SWORN TO this 7TH day of March 2016 at High Court of Justice Registry Ilesa
    BEFORE: SIGNED
    COMMISSIONER FOR OATH

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