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Deputy Governor of Ondo State Impeachment Is Invalid- SAN

Deputy Governor of Ondo State Impeachment Is Invalid- SAN.…..CONTINUE READING>>>>>>

MR. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, who is the counsel to the embattled Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, yesterday, explained why his client did not respond to the notice of impeachment from the state’s House of Assembly.

Adegboruwa, in a letter to the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olusegun Odusola, asked him to ignore the directive to set up a probe panel by the House of Assembly, adding that it would amount to contempt of court.

He said: “Aiyedatiwa did not respond to the notice sent to his office by the House of Assembly because of the restraining order already issued on the matter by the Federal High Court.

“Under Section 287(3) of the Constitution, ‘all persons and authorities in Nigeria’ are to obey and give effect to the orders of the Federal High Court.

“Our Client swore on oath to defend the Constitution and he cannot act against the said Constitution to disobey the valid and subsisting order of the Federal High Court of Nigeria which has halted the removal proceedings.

“Our client has not been personally served with any valid notice of acts of gross misconduct as required by law.

“Our client is not in receipt of any valid Notice of acts of gross misconduct properly so issued and bearing the authority of the House of Assembly of Ondo State to which he can respond.

“Our Client has filed and served two separate applications upon the Ondo State House of Assembly, seeking orders of interlocutory injunction against the removal proceedings and also to stay further proceedings in respect of the invalid Notice, which was illegally issued and improperly served.

“Since the House of Assembly has already joined matters in the court over the issue by filing an appeal against the restraining order, it will be against the law to continue with the impeachment process without awaiting the outcome of the case.

“The House of Assembly, having submitted to the jurisdiction of the Court by filing processes, in Suit No. AK/348/2023, pending before the High Court in Akure, and also purporting to file a complaint before the National Judicial Council, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1249/2023, before the Federal High Court Abuja, is fully aware of and cognizant of the authority of the Court over the subject matter of the removal proceedings against our Client.

“Consequently, it is our considered view that the matter of the planned removal of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State is now subjudice.

“It would be a contempt of court to proceed with the impeachment process when the parties are involved in two cases in the Federal High Court in Abuja and State High Court in Akure.”…..CONTINUE READING>>>>>>

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