A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused an application asking that the status quo be maintained in a suit seeking to set aside the notice of impeachment served on Governor Ayodele Fayose and his deputy for alleged misconduct.
At the resumed hearing of a suit filed by the PDP lawmakers, lawyer to the APC-led factional speaker, Mr Terrence Vembe, told the court that even though he was ready to challenge the motion, the court should take judicial notice that the said application was served on a public holiday and as such, he was still within time to argue his case.
The court agreed with the counsel to the plaintiff that such an application could not be made orally.
The court also refused an order by the counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Ahmed Raji, asking that all parties in the suit maintain status quo pending a decision on the application.
It advised parties in the case to approach the court, should any of them feel aggrieved by an action prejudicial to the case.
The court adjourned to April 29 for all defendants in the suit to show cause why the orders sought by the Peoples Democratic Party faction of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to stop the impeachment of Governor Ayodele Fayose should not be granted.
Nineteen Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly had served impeachment notice on Governor Fayose and his deputy for alleged gross misconduct and interference in the running of the state assembly.