January 23, 2014 was yesterday fixed by a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, 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, whose mental well-being many have doubted in the past.
The case which was instituted at the Abuja division of the court but was later transferred to the Osogbo division for lack of jurisdiction, was brought up by the NGO to determine the mental health status of Aregbesola.
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.
Awomolo however argued that the application for the withdrawal of the case should be put into writing and a copy of it should be served on all the parties in the case.
Adjourning the case until January 23, 2014 for mention, Justice Babs Kuewuni upheld the position of Aregbesola’s counsel and ordered that a formal application be made for the withdrawal of the case.