By Peters Monday, Abuja
The political battle between the Ondo State governor Okeredolu and his deputy resurfaced, following the expiration of the interim injunction of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Congress learnt that the Ondo State House of Assembly had recommenced another process to impeach the Deputy-Governor, Hon Lucky Ayedatiwa.
The lawmakers in the state assembly had compelled the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, to set up a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the embattled Deputy-Governor.
Contained in a letter dated October 23, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji, hinted the Chief Judge that the interim injunction of the federal high court in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023, had expired by operation of the law.
Sources said the lawmakers had on October 3, urged the Chief Judge to institute the Seven-man Panel to investigate the allegations leveled against Ayedatiwa.
But the Chief Judge, responded following the injunction by the Abuja federal high court, “No proceedings or determination of the House of Assembly or the Panel or any matter relating to such proceedings or determination shall be entertained or questioned in any court” until the injunction expires.
Meantime, in the fresh letter, the Speaker of the House told the Chief Judge to constitute the panel without any further delay.
The letter stated, “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:
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Consequently, the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly hereby calls on your lordship to kindly constitute the Panel without further delay”.