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Ondo House of Assembly suspends impeachment of Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa



The Ondo State House of Assembly has suspended its impeachment proceedings against Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

This decision came after the Chief Judge of the state, Olusegun Odusola, refused to set up a panel for the exercise. The House had previously vowed to proceed with the impeachment despite a Federal High Court order that halted the process.

The House of Assembly had initially directed the Chief Judge to establish a panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct leveled against Aiyedatiwa by nine lawmakers.

These allegations included abuse of office, financial impropriety, and gross misconduct. However, the Chief Judge, in a letter dated October 6, 2023, addressed to the Speaker of the Assembly, Oladiji Olamide, cited an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja as the reason for his refusal to comply with the directive.

The Federal High Court had issued the order at the request of the deputy governor, pausing the impeachment proceedings until the court determined his case against the exercise. The court order clearly outlined the suspension of the impeachment process, stating the importance of awaiting the court’s decision before taking any further action.

In response to this development, the spokesperson of the Assembly, Olatunji Oshati, confirmed that the lawmakers would comply with the court’s order and halt any further proceedings related to the impeachment.

Oshati noted that the decision was made to demonstrate the Assembly’s commitment to accountability and transparency rather than a mere display of power.

“This is to show that it is not about witch-hunting; it is about carrying out our oversight functions,” Oshati stated. “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. It is not about being arrogant with power; it is about holding public officers accountable. It also shows that the process of impeachment transcends the monopoly of the legislature, as we can see that the judiciary has stalled it.”

Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa, who has consistently denied the allegations against him, maintains that they are politically motivated.


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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