The Olumegbon of Lagos State, Chief Fatai Lawal, on Tuesday told a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, was chosen by the Ifa oracle.
He stated this while testifying as the fourth defence witness in a suit filed by Prince Sammy Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile.
The plaintiffs are seeking to nullify the installation of the Oba.
“We received the application of those who were selected by their various ruling houses and to ensure transparency, we requested that the names be submitted through the Olori Omo Oba.
“Moreover, all the envelopes containing the names of the applicants, as received, were sent for Ifa divination and one by one, the names were screened.
“When Akiolu’s name was received, Ifa Ejiogbe was consulted and it confirmed his name, that this is the man that would rule well and bring desired changes,” Olumegbon said.
Olumegbon said several Obas of Lagos had been crowned without observing the “90 days rule.”
“It is not part of the tradition that you would await 90 days to elapse before another king is crowned.
“When Oba Akintoye died, his son, Dosunmu was crowned that same day by the colonial master.
“Any member of the kingmaker could crown the Oba and Oba Akiolu was crowned by a member of the Eletuedibo family,” he added
The presiding judge, Justice Samuel Candide-Johnson, has adjourned the matter till November 8.