By Tope Fayehun, Akure
The Federal High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State Capital has fixed January 30th, 2018 for definite hearing on the suit challenging the removal of Hon. Isaacs Kekemeke as the chairman of the APC in Ondo State.
Kekemeke was removed as the Chairman of the party earlier this year after the disciplinary committee set up by state Executive Committee(SEC) , indicted him over alleged anti-party affairs.
In the suit filled by the duo of Gboyega Adedipe and Desmond Dejumola on behalf of Kekemeke with Suit No; FHC/AK/CS/45/2017 ,argued that the disciplinary committee set up to investigate the chairman was unconstitutional , saying they were not constituted in relation to the party’s constitution.
While giving his application for further adjournment in the suit, he however confirmed that the leadership of the party both at the State and Zonal levels are making moves to resolve the matter politically.
Asking for a cost of N300,000 against the plaintiff, Counsel to the 4th and 6th defendants, Ade Adetimehin and the APC, Femi Emodamori maintained that the plaintiff are wasting the time of the court with their adjournment application.
Emodamori added that they are ready for the case, urging the court to struck out the suit on the account of a perceived lack of interest in the case by the plaintiffs.
He noted that the plaintiffs are not officials of the All Progressives Congress,therefore has no right to file a suit challenging the removal of the former chairman.
On his part ,counsel to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants, Charles Titiloye opposed to the application for adjournment by the plaintiffs counsel.
He asked the court to award a cost of N20,000 against the plaintiffs for not filing their reply to the defendant’s preliminary objection within the stipulated time allowed by law.
In her ruling, the Presiding Judge, Justice J. A Olubanjo ordered a fine of N20,000 against the plaintiffs which is to be paid to the three out of the seven defendants before any further action on the suit.
She thereafter adjourned till January 30th, 2018 for ruling on the preliminary objection filed by the defendants on the case.
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