Ondo Assembly appeals court ruling restoring deputy speaker

Ondo State House of Assembly

Hon. Iroju Ogundeji, the Ondo House of Assembly leader, appealed the Akure High Court’s reinstatement of the embattled Deputy Speaker on Friday.

After consulting with its lawyers, the State House of Assembly leadership filed the Stay of Execution.

After consulting with its counsels, the Assembly’s Spokesman, Hon. Olugbenga Omole, filed a stay of execution order on the judgement.

“Ondo State House of Assembly will continue to do its business in line with global best practises based on the rule of law, strict adherence to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and House Rules and Procedures,” Omole stated.

“Consequently, we wish to reiterate that members validly impeached Iroju Ogundeji in line with extant rules and procedures.

“We have taken necessary steps to remedy the situation by Challenging the High Court ruling at the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, Akure Division, to set aside the judgement, filled a process for an order staying the execution of the judgement pending the hearing and determination of the appeal filed against the decision of the High Court, and an order of injunction pending appeal restraining whosoever from giving effect to the judgement pending the determination of the appeal before the Court of Appeal.

“It is pertinent to inform the public that as of yesterday, 11th January 2023, when the ruling was made, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji was no longer a member of the Ondo State House of Assembly following the unanimous resolution of members on the 31st March 2022, which declared his seat vacant as the lawmaker representing Odigbo Constituency 1 in the Assembly.

“It should be noted that Iroju Ogundeji is currently challenging that decision in the court.

“We wish to urge Iroju Ogundeji and his co-travellers to exhaust the judicial process up to the highest point of adjudication rather than resort to media propaganda.

“While assuring the public and in particular, the wonderful people of our dear Sunshine State of our resolve to continue to join hands with the Government of Ondo State to better a lot of the population of the State.”

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