The Ondo state House of Assembly has written another letter to the state Chief Judge to constitute a panel that will probe impeachment allegations against the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
Last week, the national leadership had asked the lawmakers to suspend the impeachment process for political intervention and the Assembly in turn asked the Deputy Governor to withdraw multiple court cases on the impeachment.
Below is the full text of the letter;
REQUEST TO CONSTITUTE A SEVEN-MAN PANEL TO INVESTIGATE THE ALLEGATIONS OF GROSS MISCONDUCT AGAINST THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE, FOLLOWING THE EXPIRATION OF THE INTERIM INJUNCTION OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN SUIT FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023 BY OPERATION OF THE LAW.
The Ondo State House of Assembly had on 3rd October, 2023 requested your lordship to constitute a Seven-man Panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct leveled by the House against the Deputy-Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Ayedatiwa, in line with Section 188 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
2. In a reply letter dated October 6, 2023, your lordship acknowledged and
quoted Section 188 (10) of the Constitution which states that “No proceedings or determination of the House of Assembly or the Panel or any matter relating so such proceedings or determination shall be entertained or questioned in any court.” Your lordship however opined that until the ex parte Order made on September 26, 2023 by the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court restraining you from setting up the Panel was either vacated or set aside, your hands would
continue to be tied.
3. However, from the facts and legal advice at the disposal of the House, the said Order has now elapsed and/or become extinguished by the operation of the law, in view of the clear provisions of Order 26 Rule 10
(2) & (3) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019, which
states as follows:
“(2) An application to vary or discharge an order ex parte may be
made by the party or any person affected within 14 days after service
and shall not last more than fourteen days after the application has
been argued unless the Court otherwise directs.
“(3) Where a motion to vary or discharge an ex parte order is not taken within 14 days of its being filed, the ex parte order shall lapse unless
the court otherwise directs in the interest of justice.”
Your lordship would recall that the ex parte order was made on
September 26, 2023 (a copy of which is attached hereto as Annexure
ODHA1), after which the case was adjourned to October 9, 2023. The
3rd Defendant in the case filed a motion on October 4, 2023 to
discharge the Order and/or strike out the case for want of jurisdiction.
A copy of the motion is attached hereto as Annexure ODSH 2.
Fourteen days from October 4, 2023 when the motion was filed,
terminated on or about October 18, 2023.
The Court has not taken the
application or renewed the Order, as evident in the Certified True Copy
of the Court’s record of proceedings for October 9, 2023 and October
16, 2023, copies of which are attached hereto as Annexures ODHA 3
and ODHA 3A respectively. In fact, in Exhibit ODHA3, it was recorded
that the motion was served on the Plaintiff in Court on October 9, 2023,
after which the matter was adjourned to October 16, 2023.
5. In view of the above facts, your lordship would agree that the said
Order has elapsed by the operation of the law, and no longer constitutes an encumbrance for your lordship to discharge the sacred constitutional obligation placed on your office by virtue of Section 188
(5) of the Constitution to set up the Seven-man Panel.
6. Consequently, the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly hereby calls on
your lordship to kindly constitute the Panel without any further delay.
7. Please have the assurance of the collective esteem of the House.
Rt. Hon. Oladiji Olamide Adesanmi (Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly)
Cc: The Hon. Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice Ondo State Ministry of Justice