A Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, and three others over attempts to impeach the state governor Ayodele Fayose.
Factional speaker, Olugbemi Joseph Dele had in an ex-parte application on Wednesday sought an interim order setting aside the notice of impeachment on the governor and his deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola over alleged gross misconduct.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed invited the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the state chief judge to appear before the court to show cause why the interim order would not be made.
Justice Mohammed, who refused to grant the ex-parte application as prayed, however ordered service of the court papers and hearing notices on the defence outside the jurisdiction of the court and by substituted means.
Arguing the application on Wednesday, Ahmed Raji (SAN) told the court that Omirin is an imposter to the office of the speaker of the assembly.
Raji argued that Omirin and his deputy Adetunji Orisalade were on November 20, 2014 impeached by the assembly which he is still challenging in courts in suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/885/2014 and another action in FHC/L/CS/1823/2014.
He requested the court to grant an order restraining the speaker from gaining forceful entry into the state house of assembly complex, and to preserve public order and safety in the state.
He also asked the court to grant an injunction restraining the chief judge of the state from taking any step through the request of Omirin to appoint a panel of seven persons to investigation the allegations against the governor and his deputy pending the determination of the motion on notice.
The suit has been adjourned to April 16 for hearing.
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