Impeachment: Court Dismisses Osun Judge’s Suit Seeking To Set Aside Assembly’s Dismissal Of Petition

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

An Osun state High Court sitting in Iwo, has dismissed the suit filed by a High Court judge in the state, Justice Folaranmi Olamide seeking to set aside the dismissal of her petition against the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola by the state House of Assembly.

The High court presided over by Justice Moshood Adeigbe dismissed Justice Oloyede’s case during its siting on Friday, April 29, 2016 for lack of jurisdiction.

Oloyede, had filed a motion in the state High Court, challenging the Osun State House of Assembly’s handling of a petition
she forwarded to it.

Justice Oloyede had petitioned the assembly, calling for the impeachment of Governor Aregbesola and his Deputy, Grace Laoye-Tomori, over alleged corruption.

She had in the petition called on the lawmakers to examine and investigate the governor and his deputy over the allegations.

On receipt of the petition, the house set up an Ad hoc/Fact-finding committee with Speaker Najeem Salaam giving the committee one week to submit its report.

The House later considered the report of the panel, and dismissed Oloyede’s petition and recommended sanctions against her.

The judge, not satisfied with the decision of the lawmkers filed a motion on notice before the court.

Her lawyer, Lekan Ogunlesi, while addressing the court recently on the motion stated that his client was ready to challenge the illegality of the action of the House of Assembly.

Ogunlesi had listed the respondents in the motion to include the Speaker, the investigating committee Chairman, Adegboye Akintunde, six legislators and Clerk of the House.

Also joined in the suit is the Osun Judicial Service Commission.

Oloyede had also filed a motion ex-parte asking the court to grant her permission to institute a legal action against the state lawmakers over their recommendation that she should be sanctioned by the National
Judicial Commission (NJC).

In her application, she asked that the recommendations of the ad-hoc committee be quashed and that their actions be declared illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

But Justice Adeigbe quashed the suit without Oloyede nor her lawyer’s attendance in court.

The defendants lawyer, Wale Afolabi, the former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in the state praised the court for the judgement saying justice Oloyede should not have petitioned the Governor and his deputy since she is an employee of the state government.

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