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Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Osun APC: Aregbesola’s TOP Loses A Second Case



The High Court of Osun State sitting at Ikire, presided over by Justice Sikiru Oke, on Tuesday, struck out a suit instituted by former Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola’s group, The Osun Progressives, TOP within the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State.


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It will be recalled that a similar suit by the Aregbesola’s group in respect of the Ward Congress/Executives was struck out by the Federal High Court on the 2nd of February, 2022 for lack of jurisdiction.


The striking out of the two suits has removed all judicial huddles in the smooth administration of APC in Osun.


The latest suit (HRE/18/2021) filed by Odetayo Olubunmi and Olanrewaju Esther, allies of Ogbeni Aregbesola had asked the Court to invalidate the State Congress that elected the Prince Famodun led State Executive and declare their faction as the authentic State officials of the party.


The Plaintiffs who neither bought form nor participated in the State Congress wanted to hijack the State Executive through the abuse of the judicial process with frivolous applications for injunctions.


At the Tuesday’s sitting, Counsel to the 6th Defendant – APC, Barr. Daud Akinloye asked the court to strike out the suit for lack of diligent prosecution.


His application was premised on the continued absence of the Plaintiffs and/or their Counsel as well as their refusal to serve the originating processes on the 1st to 5th Defendants.


The Court agreed with the submissions of the 6th Defendant’s Counsel and struck out the suit.


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