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Court Fixes Date for Case on Aregbesola’s Mental Health Status

The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, yesterday fixed   January 23, 2014 for hearing in a case filed by a non-governmental organisation, Egalitarian Society, on the state of mental health of the Governor, Mr.  Rauf Aregbesola.
The NGO had instituted the  case before the court to determine the mental  health status of   Aregbesola.
Initially, the  case  was instituted at the Abuja division of the court but  it  was later transferred to the Osogbo division for lack of jurisdiction.
Joined in the suit as defendants are the Director of State Security Service (SSS), speaker of the state House of Assembly, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state and the personal physician to Aregbesola.
When the case came up  yesterday for hearing, the NGO's counsel, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, informed the court that he was withdrawing the case, but counsel to the governor, Mrs. Funmi Awomolo (SAN), disagreed because the application was made orally.
Ajulo  said he  had received the consent of his client  to withdraw the case, adding  that his client  has good reasons for wanting to withdraw the case.
But   Awomolo argued that the application for the withdrawal of the case should be   put in writing and a copy of it should be served on all the parties in the case.
Justice Babs Kuewuni upheld the position of Aregbesola's counsel and ordered that a formal application be made for the withdrawal of the case.
The judge however adjourned the case until  January 23, 2014 for mention.
Meanwhile, a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday  re-affirmed his determination to take over  the rein of government from Aregbesola next year.
He said  at a rally in Osogbo during which   other governorship aspirants of the party expressed their  readiness to support whoever emerges as the party’s candidate that  he would use all legal and democratic means to defeat    Aregbesola in the next election.
The aspirants also agreed with the leadership of the party on the payment of N5 million as intention fee.

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