The speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji has called on the Chief Judge of the state, Olusegun Odusola to constitute a panel of inquiry to probe the allegations of cross misconduct levelled against the state Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.The call came a few days after the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdulahi Ganduje brokered peace, urging the matter to be resolved by the parties involved.
According to the letter personally issued by the speaker, from the facts and legal advice at the disposal of the House, the federal high court order restraining the house has now elapsed.
He added that the order has become extinguished by the operation of the law.
Recalled that the Ondo State House of Assembly had on 3rd October, 2023 requested the Chief Judge to constitute a seven-man Panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct leveled by the House against the Deputy-Governor.
But the Chief Judge opined that until the ex parte Order made on September 26, 2023 by the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court restraining him from setting up the Panel was either vacated or set aside.
The letter added, “from the facts and legal advice at the disposal of the House, the said Order has now elapsed and/or become extinguished by the operation of the law, in view of the clear provisions of Order 26 Rule 10 (2) & (3) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019, which states as follows:
“(2) An application to vary or discharge an order ex parte may be made by the party or any person affected within 14 days after service and shall not last more than fourteen days after the application has been argued unless the Court otherwise directs.
“(3) Where a motion to vary or discharge an ex parte order is not taken within 14 days of its being filed, the ex parte order shall lapse unless the court otherwise directs in the interest of justice.”
” Your lordship would recall that the ex parte order was made on September 26, 2023 (a copy of which is attached hereto as Annexure ODHA1), after which the case was adjourned to October 9, 2023.
“The 3rd Defendant in the case filed a motion on October 4, 2023 to discharge the Order and/or strike out the case for want of jurisdiction. A copy of the motion is attached hereto as Annexure ODSH 2. Fourteen days from October 4, 2023 when the motion was filed, terminated on or about October 18, 2023.
“The Court has not taken the application or renewed the Order, as evident in the Certified True Copy of the Court’s record of proceedings for October 9, 2023 and October 16, 2023, copies of which are attached hereto as Annexures ODHA 3 and ODHA 3A respectively. In fact, in Exhibit ODHA3, it was recorded that the motion was served on the Plaintiff in Court on October 9, 2023, after which the matter was adjourned to October 16, 2023.
” In view of the above facts, your lordship would agree that the said Order has elapsed by the operation of the law, and no longer constitutes an encumbrance for your lordship to discharge the sacred constitutional obligation placed on your office by virtue of Section 188 (5) of the Constitution to set up the Seven-man Panel.”