JAMES SHEHU ABIRIYI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the Judgment of the High Court, Osun State sitting at Ejigbo delivered on the 4th March, 2005. In that Court, the 1st-4th Respondents were the Plaintiffs. The 1st-4th Appellants and 5th-6th Respondents were the Defendants. The claim of the Respondents was for the following:
i. A declaration that by customary derivation, the three ruling houses in Iwata in Ejigbo Local Government Area are:- ABILOGA, LAANIBA, AND LAWARIKAN.
ii. A declaration that the next ruling house to present a candidate/candidates for the vacant stool of Oluwata of Iwata as (sic) Abiloga ruling house.
iii. A declaration that the 4th plaintiff is the candidate nominated by Abiloga ruling house to fill the stool of Oluwata of Iwata.
iv. An order declaring that the nomination of either the 2nd or 4th defendant at different family meetings presided over by 1st and 3rd defendant respectively at Iwata to fill the vacant stool of Oluwa…