By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—There was a tight security in and around the Ogun State High Court in Isabo, yesterday as the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ladi Adebutu met in court over a N2 billion libel suit.
Kashamu had instituted the suit against Adebutu for calling him a convict and accusing him of bribing some judicial officers among others.
As early as 8:30am stern-looking Policemen had surrounded the court premises apparently to prevent any break down of law and order by the supporters of the two politicians.
The two gladiators were alleged to be in supremacy battle over the leadership and control of People Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
When the matter came up yesterday , the Claimant’s counsel, Ajibola Oluyede informed the court that although his client who is the lead witness was indisposed, he nonetheless came to court, out of his respect for the court.
He therefore sought a short adjournment to enable his client rest well. In his response, counsel to the defendant, Edwards Ayo-Odugbesan said he would not oppose the application for an adjournment but asked that his flight fees to and from Abuja be paid by the claimant.
Rruling, Hon. Justice Abiodun Akinyemi, granted the application for an adjournment without a cost, saying, “Since the grounds for seeking adjournment relates to health grounds which can happen to anyone, particularly when it was said to have happened last night, the application for adjournment is granted without an order as to cost.” The judge therefore adjourned the case till March 16 and 17.