A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, has adjourned further proceedings till June 4, in the case filed by former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the Peoples Democratic Party chapters in Osun and Ekiti states, asking the court to grant an order revoking the operating licence of telecoms giant, MTN.
Besides, Oyinlola, who is now the PDP national secretary and the two states’ chapters of the party are also seeking N150b damages, over allegations of improper corporate conduct, levelled against MTN.
The court, during its proceedings on Thursday, granted leave to the plaintiffs for an extension of time to file the counter-affidavit and written address opposing the preliminary objection of MTN and Nigerian Communications Commission, the two plaintiffs in the suit, challenging the jurisdiction of the court.
MTN had objected to the suit, mainly on the ground that the pre-action notice required of intending litigants by the Nigerian Telecommunications Act, 2003, was not fulfilled.
Justice B.B Aliyu, in granting the leave, asked Oyinlola to file his counter-affidavit within seven days, while the defendants also got the same days within which to reply.
The second defendant was awarded N20, 000 cost.