Fayose Impeachment: Court Fixes June 5 For Suit Challenging Jurisdiction

FayoseA Federal High Court in Abuja has reserved ruling till June 5 to decide whether it has jurisdiction in a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party faction of the Ekiti State House of Assembly challenging the planned impeachment of Governor Ayo Fayose.

Lawyer to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Ekiti State House of Assembly had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit on the grounds that it is an abuse of court process.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, the All Progressives Congress (APC) questioned the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit because a similar suit had been filled in another court as such it would amount to an abuse of court processes.

However, the lawyer to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who opposed the application, asked the court to alternatively transfer the case to the Ekiti State division of the Federal High Court so that all the parties can have their day in court.

When asked if the case would not be futile because the seventh assembly is winding down already, Counsel to APC, Terrence Vembe, said that the legislators are free to go ahead with the case.

“We are concerned with what is going on in court here. I’m not in Ekiti, I’ve not been there for a very long time. I only know about what is going on in the court.

“The legislators are very free as air to go ahead with what they are doing (because) in the first place they are not under any obligation to obey an order of a court that does not have jurisdiction.”

However, Counsel to the PDP, Ahmed Raji, was of the view that once the new parliament comes in they may have to reconsider their stance as to whether or not to go on with the matter.

“The whole idea is to forestall an illegal impeachment, an unconstitutional impeachment, an unlawful one for that matter.

“If that threat is no longer there, the rightful thing to do is to discontinue the suit,” he said.

For now, observers are watching the outcome of this and similar suits which bothered on the impeachment of Governor Ayo Fayose.

Fayose Impeachment Allegation Is A Strategy To Divert Attention – Adedipe

Fayose ImpeachmentEkiti State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Churchill Adedipe, has again denied allegations of bribery levelled against the All Progressives Congress lawmakers by the People’s Democratic Party.

The APC lawmakers had been accused of making plans to impeach the newly sworn-in Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, having been purportedly paid huge sums of money by the APC leadership; a claim made by PDP lawmaker, Samuel Ajibola, during an interview with Channels Television.

Mr Adedipe, who spoke via the telephone on Politics Today on Channels Television, expressed disappointment in his colleague and PDP lawmaker, Samuel Ajibola, whom he said “lacked basic understanding” of how the impeachment process works, despite having been in the House of Assembly for about three years.

He said that although they (APC lawmakers) indeed visited Lagos for a meeting of their party, they did not collect any monies from the APC leadership and they never made plans of impeachment against Governor Fayose.

He noted that there was no law restricting them from holding meetings with their leaders, asking those who wished to know the goings on in the APC to join the party rather than peddle speculations against the APC lawmakers.

Adedipe said that the Fayose impeachment allegation was a ploy to divert attention from possible issues that might be more serious, asking the Ekiti people to look deeper into the camp of the people promoting the allegation, as the talk of impeachment just two weeks into Governor Fayose’s inauguration was suspicious.

He asked the Governor to also “look inwardly into that particular camp because they may have a target. They may want to act out a script which may not be known to Ekiti people presently.”

He further alleged that the PDP lawmakers making the allegations became suspicious because of a similar act of monies exchanging hands which led to the recent defection of some APC lawmakers in the state into the PDP.

He noted, however, that the lawmakers who left the APC would have no impact on their strength in the state as they still maintained their majority status in the House of Assembly.

He referred to their departure as “good riddance to bad rubbish.”

We Are Not Impeaching Fayose – Ekiti Lawmakers

fayoseThe Ekiti State House of Assembly members have debunked the allegations that 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have received the sum of 50million naira each and the Speaker, 100million naira to impeach the State Governor, Ayo Fayose.

The Majority Leader of the House, Churchill Adedipe, in a press conference in Ado Ekiti, said that the House have no plans of impeaching the Governor.

He added that in the interest of peace and the people of the state, they were ready to work with the new administration.

A PDP lawmaker in the state, Samuel Ajibola, during an interview, had confirmed that the 19 members of the APC had indeed received the sum of 50million Naira bribe from the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, to impeach Governor Ayodele Fayose.