Boardroom Crisis: Court Adjourns Lagos Country Club’s Suit To May 2

Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa of a Lagos Federal High Court, has adjourned till May 2, 2024, the suit filed by Management Committee of Lagos Country Club president of the Lagos Country Club, led by its President, Mr. Oluseyi Adewunmi,  against the Trustees of the Club led by the President, Aare Kola Oyefeso and others members, over the alleged move to dissolve the management of the club.

It would be recalled that the President of the Club and nine others had on February 23, 2024, through an Exparte motion filed by their lawyer, A. B. Ogunsusi, obtained an interim injunction restraining the defendants either by themselves, their agents, servants, and privies form dissolving the Management Council of the Lagos Country Club, the body constitutionally recognised in the Club’s Constitution to manage and administer the affairs of the Lagos Country Club and inaugurate as replacement a Caretaker Committee howsoever called or described pending the hearing and determination of the Interlocutory Application filed simultaneously. 

Others listed as applicants in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/301/2024, are; Engr, Tunji Amosu (Vice President) Otunba Abimbola Olaniyi (Treasurer) Arc. Adetokunbo Ashiru (Council Member) Mr Osemoje Oselato (Social Secretary), Sir Semoore Badejo (Chairman, Squash Section), Mr Adetayo Adegboye (Chairman, Aerobics Section), Prince Owolabi Mumuni (Chairman, Darts Section), Mr Olufemi Azeez (Chairman Badminton Section) and Mr Tunde Thanni (Chairman, Scrabble Section)

While the defendants are: Aare Kola Oyefeso; Chief Allan O. Williams; Prince Adekunle Adeshina; Chief Oliver Ogbonna and Mr. Akindele Akintoye.

At the resumed hearing of the matter today, A. B. Ogunsusi announced his appearance for the plaintiffs/applicants, Dr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) announced his appearance in protest for the respondents, while Babatunde Fashanu (SAN) announced his appearance as party seeking ti be joined in the suit. 

Pinheiro (SAN) informed the court that there is a sister case of the suit before Justice Daniel Osiagor, and it was on getting to the court today, that he was told that the case file has been transferred to Justice Lewis-Allagoa’s court. 

But counsel to the plaintiffs/applicants, Ogunsusi, told the court that there is need for tge defendants to put their house in order.

He also told the court that he has two applications, which are for the substitutes service and for joinder for the parties seeking to be joined in the suit.

In protest, Dr. Pinheiro (SAN) informed the court that his clients were not properly served, as the plaintiffs/applicants served the processes at the Administrative office of the club, instead of serving each defendants personally, as prescribed by the law.

The court, in agreement with Dr. Pinheiro (SAN) submissions, ordered the plaintiffs/applicants’ counsel to serve each of the defendants individually.

Consequently and by the consent of the parties, the judge adjourned the matter to May 2, for report of service.