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.