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Impeachment Saga: Ondo Assembly, Speaker Withdraw Appeal Against Deputy Gov

The Ondo State House of Assembly and the Speaker, Olamide Oladiji, on Thursday, withdrew their appeal challenging the decision of the Federal High Court stopping the moves to remove the state’s deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Federal High Court Justice Emeka Nwite in Abuja had earlier prohibited the Ondo State House of Assembly from impeaching the Deputy Governor over allegations of gross misconduct.

The court also restrained Governor Rotimi Akeredolu from nominating a new deputy governor and sending the nomination to lawmakers for approval until the substantive matter was resolved.

However, on October 3, 2023, the Speaker and National Assembly lodged an appeal against the high court’s ruling.

During the proceedings on Thursday, the appellants’ lawyer, Remi Olatubora, SAN, informed the court that a political resolution had been reached among the parties.

Olatubora stated, “The parties involved in this dispute have reached political agreements to address their issues. They’ve signed an Amistad agreement, and on behalf of the appellants, we’re here to comply by withdrawing this appeal. The Speaker and House of Assembly instructed us yesterday to do so. We’ve filed an application dated November 29, submitted this morning. For the sake of peace, we wish to withdraw this appeal.”

The respondents in the case confirmed receiving the notice and had no objection to the withdrawal. Consequently, the three-member panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani dismissed the appeal.



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