Abuja Court Stops Fayose’s Impeachment

Temporary relief came for Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, against his planned impeachment Thursday, as a Federal High Court in Abuja set aside all actions and activities of factional speaker Adewale Omirin and lawmakers loyal to him.
Omirin and 18 others, all of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have served a notice of impeachment on the governor, his deputy, Olusola Eleka, and have directed Ayo Daramola, the State Chief Judge to set up a panel to investigate constitutional breaches Fayose is being accused of.
In his ruling on a suit filed by current speaker, Dele Olugbemi and six other lawmakers, Justice E. Chukwu, nullified processes initiated by Omirin and Co. from 21 November, 2014 till date.
He also granted the plaintiffs leave to serve the originating summons on the defendants through newspaper advertisements. Olugbemi is seeking an order of the court declaring the seats of the 19 lawmakers vacant having abdicated their functions since 21 November, 2014 and also an order restraining the Police from aiding, abetting or assisting the lawmakers from carrying out any illegal act.
Apart from Omirin and the APC legislators, also joined as defendants in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Hearing of the Motion on Notice has been adjourned till 13 May.

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