Thursday, 9 April 2015

Court rejects application to stop Fayose's impeachment

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the application of Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose,  and his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, to stop the 19 APC members of the state House of Assembly from impeaching them.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, turned down their request but granted only the prayers contained in their ex parte application regarding the service of the court processes on the defendants.
Fayose and Olusola, through their counsel, Ahmed Raji, had in an ex parte application dated April 7 urged the court to set aside the impeachment notice by granting an interim order stopping the impeachment notice served on them.
 “The kernel of our complaint is that a former speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, in the person of the 1st respondent (Omirin) is trying to impersonate the 1st plaintiff (Dele), who is the current speaker of the parliament.
“An injunction restraining the 1st defendant (Dele) and other errant members of the 2nd plaintiff (House of Assembly) from further taking any step or engaging in unlawful activities relating to the impeachment of Ayodele Fayose and Kolapo Olusola as governor and deputy governor of Ekiti State...

“An interim order of injunction restraining the Chief Judge   from taking any step or action in relation to the request of the 1st defendant (Omirin) for the purpose of appointing a panel of seven persons to investigate the purported allegations of gross misconduct against Fayose and Olusola.

“An interim order restraining the police from continuing to abet, give cover, protection or lend credence to the activities of the 1st defendant and other errant members of the 2nd plaintiff for self-help in disruption of legislative proceedings in the   House of Assembly.

“An interim order   setting aside the purported notice of impeachment and all the steps taken by the 1st defendant and other errant members of the 2nd plaintiff in relation to the purported issuance and service of the notice of impeachment for the purpose of commencing and concluding impeachment proceedings against Fayose and Olusola.”

Raji urged the court to grant the prayers “in the interest of justice, public order, peace and safety of the people of the state.”

Justice Mohammed ordered the defendants in the suit, as well as the Speaker of the House, Adewale Omirin, and the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to appear in his court on April 16, to show why the order of interim injunctions being sought by Fayose and Olushola should not be granted.

 Justice Mohammed ruled,
“The order is hereby made directing the 1st to 4th defendants (Omirin, IG , INEC and Ekiti CJ) to appear before this court on April 16, 2015 and show cause why the interim order sought by the plaintiffs via an ex parte motion dated April 7, 2015 should not be made by this court.”
 Culled from: Punch 

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