An important court in Abuja has scheduled a date to address a preliminary objection filed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State. This objection is against a lawsuit filed by his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who is trying to prevent his own impeachment by the state’s House of Assembly.
Justice Emeka Nwite has fixed October 30th as the day to hear the arguments in this case.
Aiyedatiwa’s lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, disagreed with Akeredolu’s lawyer, Kassim Gbadamosi, who insisted on having his application heard. However, the judge decided to hear both sides on the same date.
The judge also scheduled the hearing of an application filed by the Ondo State House of Assembly and its Speaker. They are challenging the court’s jurisdiction. Additionally, there is a motion for a stay of execution of the interim order filed by the lawmakers, which will also be addressed on the same date.
Justice Nwite instructed Adegboruwa to make sure that the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police and the Department of State Service (DSS), who are the 1st and 2nd defendants in the case, receive all the necessary documents, including the notice of hearing. The judge urged all parties to prepare themselves for the next adjourned date.
On September 26th, Justice Nwite issued an interim order preventing the Ondo State House of Assembly from impeaching Aiyedatiwa based on allegations of gross misconduct. This order was given after Aiyedatiwa’s lawyer, Kayode Adewusi, presented a motion to the court.