Court reinstates six pro-Fayose lawmakers
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has reinstated six lawmakers suspended in 2018 by the 5th Assembly of the state and also ordered payment of their entitlements.
They include Tunji Akinyele (Oye 2) Ekundayo Akinleye (Ijero), Olusanya Aladeyelu (Irepodun- Ifelodun 2), Olawale Onigiobi (Ekiti South West 1), Ayodele Fajemilehin (Gbonyin) and Dr Samuel Omotoso (Oye 1).
The judgment delivered by Justice Abiodun Adewodun on Friday described the decision of the State Assembly to suspend and stop the salaries and emoluments of the lawmakers as egregious, indecorous, unbecoming and clearly out of order.
The court declared that the Assembly erred in law when a factional meeting of October 11, 2018, suspended some honourable members and described it as anomalous, defective, and unseemly, out of place, wicked and outright abuse of power.
The Court also declared the purported impeachment of the Speaker, Kolawole Oluwawole and the Deputy Mr Adesina Animasaun as Void, baseless and a nullity thereby declaring the speakership of Hon Adeniran Ebenezer Alagbada unknown to law and therefore nonexistent in the history of Ekiti State.
Reacting to the judgment, the legal counsel to the six lawmakers Mr. Obafemi Adewale said that the judgment was about Ekiti State House of Assembly but the 36 States House of Assemblies.
“The judgment is for the House of Assembly as an institution abiding by its own rule. That is the principle that is also applicable to the entire Legislature in Nigeria. The Judge relied on the case of Ovie Omo-Agege. It is about the rule of law. It is about checking impunity.
“We started with 12 of them but some of them crawled back and beg but they can now see the virtue of having confidence in the law.”
Also reacting to the judgment on behalf of other lawmakers, Dr Samuel Omotoso said it was victory for the rule of law.
He expressed his believe that Dr Kayode Fayemi would abide and respect the court judgement without further delay.
He said that the emoluments of all members are statutorily recognised under the rule of law since the position of an elected Lawmaker is tenured under the 1999 Constitution as amended and thus cannot be wished away.
He also appreciated the judiciary for standing firm as truly the bastion of all democracies in the world.
Efforts made to get the reaction of one of the principal officers whose offices were declared a nulity, Mr Gboyega Aribisogan proved abortive as calls put across to him was not picked at the time of filing the report.