Lack of service stalls hearing of Jimoh Ibrahim’s case

Lack of service of court processes, on Monday, frustrated the legal efforts by Mr Jimoh Ibrahim to stop the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led executive committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from conducting primaries for the purpose of electing candidate for the Ondo State governorship election slated for November 26, 2016.

At the resumed hearing of the suit brought before the court by Jimoh Ibrahim yesterday, his counsel, Oladele Oyelami, told the court that they were unable to serve Senator Makarfi and six other respondents with the processes of the court.

According to him, the matter was slated for hearing yesterday, but was unable to serve respondents with the originating processes and hearing notice, even though the court considered the issue of service as germane and had ordered that they (respondents) be served.

Oyelami then begged the court for a short adjournment to enable the plaintiff do the, “needful”, but Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, who represented the seventh respondent, Alhaja Aisha Aliyu, asked the court to grant the application of the plaintiff and adjourned hearing of the matter till any day after the court’s vacation.

In a short ruling, the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, agreed that Justice Dimgba granted leave for the matter to be heard during vacation and that he cannot review the order, since he is a judge of a court with coordinate jurisdiction.

He then adjourned the matter till September 1, 2016 for hearing of all pending applications.