A Federal High Court, on Tuesday, in Abuja has stopped the Ondo State House of Assembly from pursuing the impeachment of Deputy Governor Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa on the grounds of alleged gross misconduct. The ruling was delivered by Justice Emeka Nwite shortly after Mr. Aiyedatiwa’s counsel, Kayode Adewusi, presented an ex-parte motion.
The judge also ordered Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to refrain from nominating a new deputy governor and submitting such a nomination to the legislative body for approval until the substantive matter is heard and resolved. Justice Nwite determined that granting the application was in the interest of justice after considering Adewusi’s arguments.
The deputy governor, who has been facing challenges, initiated legal action in a motion on notice identified as FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023 against the Inspector-General of Police and the Department of State Services. This application, dated and filed on September 21 and handled by Mr. Adelanke Akinrata, sought four specific reliefs.
Furthermore, Justice Nwite issued an interim injunction restraining Governor Akeredolu, his associates, or agents from harassing, intimidating, embarrassing, or obstructing Mr. Aiyedatiwa in the execution of his duties as the deputy governor of Ondo State. The judge granted all the requested reliefs and scheduled the next hearing for October 9.
In a separate lawsuit identified as AK/348/2023, Mr. Aiyedatiwa also sought intervention from the High Court in Akure to halt the state’s house of assembly from proceeding with the impeachment process against him until the court could hear and rule on the case filed on Monday.
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