2 December 2012

Nigeria: PDP Drags Aregbesola to Court Over Planned Demolition of Buildings

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, has dragged the governor of the state, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, before Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe of an Osogbo High Court over the planned demolition of a building being used as its Osun Central Senatorial district secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital.

Also joined in the suit are the state's Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice as well as Sammya Nigerian Limited.

Before the structure, located at Igbona area, Osogbo, was converted to party secretariat, it was used as campaign office for the senatorial ambition of former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Addressing the court, on Thursday, counsel to the claimant, Abidoye John Abolarin brought a motion on notice seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Sammya Nigeria Limited, the construction company, working on Osogbo/Ilaodo road or any of its agents from carrying out the demolition of the building being used as Osun Central Senatorial district secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

Abidoye added that Affidavit of Urgency deposed to by the Osun Central Chairman of the PDP, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, was attached to ensure speedy hearing and determination of the motion ex-parte for the interim orders so as to protect the property having been told by one of the supervisors of the construction company presently working on the road, that the building will most likely be demolished.

In his address, Justice Aderibigbe, said the Certificate of Occupancy of the building in question was not attached to the motion before the court and the identity of the true owner of the building in question cannot be established.

In his reaction, counsel to the claimant said there is a valid C of O for the building and promised to make the papers available to court.

Aderibigbe consequently ordered that the respondents be served the motion on notice and fixed Tuesday, December 4 for hearing of the motion.

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