A High Court in Akure, Ondo State on Thursday ordered the Action Congress of Nigeria’s candidate for the October 20 governorship election in the state, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, to deposit N4.3m with the Registrar of the court being payment for his billboards in the state.
Akeredolu had filed a suit challenging, among other things, the constitutionality or otherwise of the Ondo State Signage and Advertisement Agency Law, 2011.
He had also filed a motion for interlocutory injunction restraining OSSAA from carrying out its duties as empowered by the law pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The matter had been adjourned by Justice Olusegun Odusola to August 16 for the hearing of the motion.
However, before the hearing date, Akeredolu had gone ahead to erect billboards in the state for his election campaign, a development which made OSSAA to issue Demand Notice for the payment of N4.3m being amount of money payable on the said billboards.
However, on Thursday counsel for the defendants, Adebayo Ogunsuyi, informed the court that plaintiff’s counsel had just served him with the court process wherein weighty allegations were made against the defendants which would warrant a response.
He then applied for an adjournment, stressing that since the Ondo State Signage and Advertisement Law, 2011 was an existing law, the court was empowered by the rule to order that the plaintiff should to pay the money being the amount on the Demand Notice to the Registrar of the Court.
But counsel for the defendant, Adekola Olawoye, opposed the defendants’ application, advising OSSAA against impounding any of their billboards or branded vehicles.
However, Justice Odusola ordered that Akeredolu should pay N4.3m being the money on the Demand Notice to the Registrar of the Court pending the determination of the motion on notice.
He subsequently adjourned the case till October 11.