By Victor Ernest
Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Tuesday insisted before an Ikeja High Court that he is the legally elected monarch of Lagos.
Akiolu made the affirmation at the resumed hearing of a suit challenging his right to the throne as Oba of Lagos.
Akiolu’s title is being challenged by Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, who are both of the Akinsemoyin Ruling House of Lagos.
They were candidates chosen by the Akinsemoyin Ruling House to contest the Obaship title in 2003 after the demise of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan.
Responding to claims that he was elected less than 90-days after the death of Oyekan, which is contrary to customs, Akiolu said that such a rule was non-existent.
He disputed the claims of Adebiyi and Modile that he was not a descendant of Oba Ologun Kutere, a former Oba of Lagos who reigned from the late 1700s to the early 1800s.
When asked to state in order of seniority, the children of Oba Ologun Kutere, Akiolu retorted ”I don’t know, I don’t work at the births and deaths registry.
”What is important is that Akiolu is the child of Ologun Kutere.”
Justice Adebowale Candide-Johnson adjourned the case until July 5, 6 and 11 for continuation of trial.