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A palpable tension was averted at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, on Thursday, following the dismissal of a disqualification suit filed against the Medical Director of the centre , Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that a former second Vice-President of Nigerian Bar Association, Dr Monday Ubani had threatened to drag the federal government before the court for allegedly renewing the appointment of Musa-Olomu as MD of the centre despite an alleged indictment against him.
Ubani’s threat was actualised by a
Non Governmental Organisation, All Youths Reoriented Initiative of Nigeria which dragged Musa-Olomu to the court challenging his re appointment .
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that the case with suit number FHC/AB/CS/100/21 was dismissed in its entirety for lack of locus standi and non disclosure of reasonable cause of action against Musa-Olomu who was the second defendant in the case.
The NGO had through an originating summon filled on the 31st of August, 2021 sought for an order restraining the Ministry from recommending Musa-Olomu for re appointment as MD of the Center on the alleged abuse of office, overage and alleged discrepancies in his names.
It sought for an order of the court to declare Musa-Olomu as not qualified to be recommended for appointment on the reason of his age and an order directing his immediate retirement on the ground that he had attained 60 years of age.
The application was filled after Musa-Olomu had been reappointed for a second and final term by the Ministry of Health.
In his preliminary objection to the suit, Musa-Olomu, through his Counsel led by Otunba Kunle Kalejaye (SAN) had insisted that the NGO lacked requisite locus standi to institute the action as it was premature, speculative, theoretical and academic.
In her 30 page judgement, Justice O.O. Oguntoyinbo dismissed the suit in its entirety on the ground that the applicant was bereft of locus standi to institute the action.
Justice Oguntoyinbo further maintained that the case was destined to be dismissed because it was based on speculations and conjectures and that no reasonable cause of action or interest was disclosed by the Applicant.
She however awarded cost of N100,000 against the Plaintiff.
Commenting, the lead defence counsel, Kalejaiye (SAN) lauded the judgment describing it as a “triumph of truth over falsehood.
” You don’t build something on nothing. What happened this afternoon is to illustrate the fact that truth has caught up with falsehood.”