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Ondo House of Assembly revisits Aiyedatiwa’s impeachment move, asks CJ to set up investigative panel



Ondo house of Assembly has asked Olusegun Odusola, the chief judge (CJ) of the state, to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct against Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the deputy governor.

The house told the chief judge that the ex parte order restricting him has expired, noting that he is enabled by law to constitute the panel.

The CJ had initially declined the request by the house to set up the panel based on an ex parte order issued by Emeka Nwite, a judge of the federal high court in Abuja.

On September 26, Nwite restrained the Ondo house of assembly from impeaching Aiyedatiwa and also prohibited Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of the state, from nominating a new deputy.

In a statement released by the house on Monday, the assembly called on the CJ to constitute the panel without any further delay.

“The Ondo state house of assembly had on 3rd October, 2023 requested your lordship to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled by the house against the deputy-governor of Ondo state, His Excellency, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, in line with Section 188 (5) of the Nigeria,” the statement reads.

“In a reply letter dated October 6, 2023, your lordship acknowledged and quoted Section 188 (10) of the constitution which states that ‘No proceedings or determination of the house of assembly or the panel or any matter relating so such proceedings or determination shall be entertained or questioned in any court.’

“Your lordship however opined that until the ex parte order made on September 26, 2023, by the Abuja judicial division of the federal high court restraining you from setting up the panel was either vacated or set aside, your hands would continue to be tied.

“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.

“Consequently, the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly hereby calls on your lordship to kindly constitute the Panel without any further delay.”

On October 16, Olatunji Oshati, the spokesperson of the assembly, announced the suspension of the impeachment proceedings against the deputy governor till the order is vacated.

“We have considered the letter which is everywhere in the public domain and we are halting the impeachment process until the order of the Federal High Court is vacated,” Oshati had said.


No sane person will go to tribunal over election results, says Melaye




Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the just concluded Kogi governorship election, says no sane person will go to the tribunal over the results of an election.

Melaye spoke on Wednesday during a briefing with the media in Abuja.

The politician alleged that the judiciary has been compromised.

“Judiciary is no longer the last hope of the ordinary people,” he said.

“Why should any responsible person go to the tribunal? I have lost complete confidence in the judiciary.”

On November 12, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Usman Ododo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Kogi governorship election.

Ododo polled 446, 237 votes to defeat Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who came second with 259,052 votes.

Melaye of the PDP scored 46,362 votes.

During the poll, the PDP candidate had said there were problems in Ogori Magongo LGA and five LGAs in Kogi central.

“That was a huge disappointment because I thought INEC would use this opportunity to redeem its image,” he had said.

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Appeal court dismisses NNPP’s petition, affirms Kefas Agbu as Taraba governor




The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed Kefas Agbu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the duly elected governor of Taraba state.

Delivering judgment on Tuesday, the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by Muhammad Yahaya and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for being defective.

Peter Affen, who delivered the lead judgment, faulted the appellants for transmitting an incomplete record of appeal which cannot be heard.

Agbu had polled 257,926 votes to defeat Yahaya who got 202,277 votes in the election.

Yahaya and his party challenged the result and asked the tribunal to nullify Agbu’s victory on the grounds that the election was marred by non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

They also alleged that Agbu did not get the majority of lawful votes cast.

However, the tribunal led by G.A Sunmonu held that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations.

The NNPP and its candidate went further to appeal the tribunal’s judgment.

However, the appellate court dismissed the appeal for lacking merit.

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Appeal Court affirms Fubara as Rivers state governor, dismisses Tonye-Cole petition




An Appeal Court sitting in Lagos State has affirmed the election of Siminalayi Fubara as the governor of Rivers State.

The court dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Patrick Tonye-Cole, against Fubara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the courtroom on Tuesday, the APC candidate requested that the court order INEC to declare him the winner of the March governorship election in Rivers.

Cole’s case contesting Fubara’s election as governor was initially dismissed by the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in October.

Dissatisfied with the tribunal’s judgment, the APC candidate approached the appellate court.

However, the court on Tuesday upheld the Tribunal ruling, which affirmed Fubara’s victory in October.

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