A Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday struck out a suit filed by the Kwara chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Prof. Shuaib Oba-AbdulRaheem.
The court struck out the suit following a notice of withdrawal of the matter filed by the Counsel to the APC, Mr Suleiman Ibrahim.
In his submission on the withdrawal notice, the lead counsel to the defendants, AbdulGaniyu Bello, urged the court to dismiss the matter with substantial cost for non-compliance with Order 50 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rule, 2019.Responding, Counsel to the APC, relying on same Order 50 of the rules of the court, maintained that the Order had been substantially complied with and urged the court to discountenance the submissions of the defendants’ counsel and obliged his prayers by striking out the matter with no cost awarded.
In his rulling, the presiding judge, Justice I.
M. Sanni, struck out the suit and awarded a N30,000 cost against the plaintiff.
The second defendant (NNPP) and the fourth defendant (Oba-Abdulraheem) were represented by Abdulganiyu Bello, Prof. Ibrahim Abikan and Mahmud AbdulRaheem.
The President of Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Prof. Ibrahim Abikan, has urged Nigerians to pray for election of good leaders in the 2023 general elections.
Abikan made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of Eid-el-Fitr celebration to pray fervently for the country.
He said that good leaders would be dedicated to the welfare of the citizens and, therefore, were worth praying fervently for.
“This period brings forth a message of peace, sacrifice, tolerance and sharing with others, and these are the lessons Muslims are supposed to learn during Ramadan.
“The lesson for all Muslims and non Muslims alike is that we must shun evil acts.
“We are facing a critical period – elections; one of the obligations of Muslims is to pray for the nation.
“We must continue in our prayers for the nation, we should pray that during elections, Allah will help us to bring forth the best of leaders that will be sympathetic to our course and committed to the development of the country,” he said.
The professor also urged Nigerians to pray that God would tackle all other challenges of the nation.
Abikan noted that Ramadan was a period for Muslims to learn to improve in relationship with God and man.
“This training undertaken in one full month is expected to last Muslims for another 11 months before the next Ramadan.
“During Eid, we are also expected to continue our acts of charity and alms-giving to both Muslims and non Muslims, and to feel what the less privileged are feeling,” he said.
Abikan called for peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians irrespective of religion, tribe and social status.