Court Fixes Judgment Date For “State of Osun” Suit|FortNews

Two suits filed against Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state came up
today (April 27th, 2017) for hearing at two different state high
courts of justice.
One of the cases before Justice Yinka Afolabi of an Ilesa High Court
was on the “State of Osun Tax Law” filed by a human right lawyer,
Barrister Kanmi Ajibola.
The other case before Justice Olayinka Ayoola filed by the same
plaintiff was against Aregbesola’s failure to constitute his cabinet
members 25 months after his second term in office.
Aregbesola’s counsel, Barrister Wale Afolabi, a former Attorney
General of the state urged the court to strike out the suit informing
the court that the governor has sent the names of his commissioners to
the assembly.
But Barrister Ajibola insisted that the case will continue whether
commissioners were appointed or not, saying “all the questions
formulated for determination are still living issues to be determined
by the court”.
According to him, six of the seven reliefs sought by him cannot be
thrown away by the defendant without being properly addressed by the
court.
Justice Ayoola also noted that sending of his commissioners names to
the assembly was just a process and not the end in itself as she
adjourned the case till May 30th, 2017.
On the Tax law suit, Barrister Ajibola had challenged the
constitutionality of the law promulgated by the “State  of Osun
Assembly”, saying the law was standing on nothing.
His counsel, Barrister Samuel Echeonwu told the court to declare the
law as null and void as “State of Osun House of Assembly” was unknown
to the 1999 constitution.
Aregbesola’s lawyer, Barrister Wole Adejumobi from the state Ministry
of Justice and his counterpart, Mrs Rachael Ojinmi urged the court to
strike out the case, saying the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to
file the suit while the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain it.
In his ruling, Justice Afolabi adjourned the case till June 29th, 2017 for final judgment.

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