An Osun State High Court on Thursday granted leave to Justice Folahanmi Oloyede of the state High Court to challenge the state lawmakers’ refusal to impeach Gov. Aregbesola and their recommendation that she should be sanctioned by the National Judicial Commission (NJC).
The Street Journal recalls that Justice Oloyede had petitioned the assembly, calling for the impeachment of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola and his Deputy, Mrs Grace Laoye-Tomori, over alleged financial misconduct.
The lawmakers had, upon receipt of the said petition, set up an Ad hoc/Fact-finding Committee whose report was later submitted to the members who subsequently dismissed Oloyede’s petition and recommended sanctions against her.
At Thursday’s sitting, Oloyede’s counsel, Mr Lukman Ogunseitan, who held brief for Mr Lekan Ogunlesi (SAN), moved an ex-parte application urging the court to quash all the lawmakers’ decisions and recommendations and declare their actions “illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.”
The applicant joined the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salam, the investigating committee Chairman, Mr Adegboye Akintunde, six legislators, the Clerk of the House and the Osun Judicial Service Commission, as co-respondents.
Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe, while ruling on the application, ordered that the 11 respondents listed in the matter be served with the court processes to enable them enter appearance on the adjourned.
The judge adjourned the case to Sept. 3, for hearing.