The Ondo State House of Assembly has sent a new letter to Justice Olusegun Odusola, the state Chief Judge, asking him to form a panel to investigate the accusations of serious wrongdoing against the deputy governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
The Speaker, Mr Olamide Oladiji, signed the letter which was submitted on Monday. The House stated that the impeachment process has resumed after the expiry of the ex parte order from the Federal High Court.
The letter was titled, ‘Request to form a seven-member panel for the investigation of the allegations of serious wrongdoing against the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, as the interim injunction from the Federal High Court in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023 has ended according to the law.’
In a portion of the letter, it stated that the Ondo State House of Assembly requested the appointment of a seven-member panel by Your Lordship on October 3, 2023.
This panel was to investigate the allegations of serious misconduct made by the House against the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, in accordance with Section 188 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
In a response letter dated October 6, 2023, Your Lordship recognized and cited Section 188 (10) of the Constitution, which specifies that ‘No court shall entertain or question any proceedings or decisions made by the House of Assembly or the panel.’
However, Your Lordship expressed the view that due to the ex parte order issued on September 26, 2023, by the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, which prohibits you from establishing the panel, your actions would remain restricted until the order is either lifted or overturned.
“Based on the available facts and legal advice, the order in question has expired or been nullified by the law, specifically according to Order 26 Rule 10 (2) & (3) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019.
It is agreed that the order no longer presents an obstacle for Your Lordship to carry out your constitutional duty, as mandated by Section 188 (5) of the Constitution, to establish the seven-member panel.
Therefore, the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly urges Your Lordship to promptly form the panel without any further delay.”
This development occurred approximately one week after the House announced the suspension of the impeachment process due to the intervention of the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja.