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Aggrieved APC faction opts for settlement

By Sunmola Olowookere

Seven aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that in Ondo State that instituted a suit against the party over the 2018 congress of the party have signified their interest to discontinue with the case.
An indication to discontinue with the case was given on Wednesday at the Federal High Court in Akure by one of the plaintiffs, Mr Henry Olatuja.
In the suit, Olatuja had dragged the APC and 12 others to court claiming that the 2018 congress of the party did not follow due process.
Olatuja and other aggrieved members urged the court to rule among others that the executives elected in the congress were not properly elected.
At the resumed trial of the case yesterday, Olatuja said parties in the suit were ready to settle out of court.
However the planned settlement suffered a setback as one of the counsel to the plaintiffs, one Olumuyiwa Adefunmilola Cole hinted the court that the case might not go on as the respondents had not complied with required rule of court.
He also claimed that he was not aware of any plans by the parties to settle out of court and had filed a notice of preliminary objection against some of the respondents’ counsel saying that but for the second respondent counsel, others do not have right of audience before the court.
Responding, counsel for APC, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN) said it was a fundamental obligation of counsels to ensure that they follow up and promote all motions of settlement between parties.
He said that he was taken aback at the claims of ignorance about the plans of settlement by the plaintiff counsel and explained that he did not file other processes due to the fact that parties had agreed to settle.
The trial judge, Olubanjo adjourned the case till October 2, 2020.
She urged parties to make their decision timeously and ordered them to appear before it on the next adjournment date either with report of settlement or definite hearing.
The first plaintiff, Henry Olatuja while speaking with The Hope said that the case would have been withdrawn but for some loose ends that he needed to tidy up with his lawyers.
He however asserted that the next adjournment date on Oct 2nd, 2020, the case would be officially withdrawn.

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