The political turbulence in Ondo state is far from done, as the House of Assembly revealed over the weekend that it has not paused the impeachment procedures against the state’s beleaguered deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
According to the Assembly, the procedure was only halted due to the status of the state’s Chief Judge, Olusegun Odusola.
Femi Emodamori, the lawyer for the House of Assembly, declared that the impeachment would be pursued to its logical conclusion by the Assembly.
Olatunji Oshati, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, announced on Friday that the Assembly will stop the impeachment process due to an ex-parte ruling issued by an Abuja Federal High Court.
Emodamori stressed that the suspension claim is not the position of the Assembly.
“There are too many judgments of the highest courts in Nigeria affirming that no court has the jurisdiction to dabble into an impeachment process, as long as the House of Assembly complies with all the constitutional processes.
“The Honourable Chief Judge himself stated in his widely reported reply to my Client that his lordship was not unmindful of the above provisions of Section 188(10) of the Constitution and even quoted it verbatim.
“His lordship, however, stated that as a Chief Judge, he would prefer that the ex parte Order, which his lordship believes “tied his hand”, should first be vacated or set aside. The Chief Judge prefers to err on the side of caution.”