Ondo State Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa announced before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday that he was dropping the action he had brought to prevent the Ondo State House of Assembly from impeaching him.
The Ondo State Governor, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Chief Judge of Ondo State, the House of Assembly, the Inspector-General of Police, and the Department of State Services were among the other defendants in the lawsuit with the filing number FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023.
During the Monday hearing, Mr. Ebun-olu Adegboruwa (SAN), Aiyedatiwa’s attorney, informed the court that the deputy governor wanted to drop the lawsuit as a result of the All Progressives Congress leadership’s intervention in the case.
The SAN said that on October 6, Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, established a reconciliation committee to settle the disagreement between some of the lawsuit’s parties.
According to Adegboruwa, the APC leadership’s attempts at reconciliation may be thwarted if the legal processes continue.
He further mentioned that on October 3, 2023, the Ondo State House of Assembly filed a petition against Justice Emeka Nwite, the sitting judge, with the National Judicial Council.
He asked the court to hold off on taking any action until after the NJC made its ruling about the petition.
Adegboruwa was challenged by the attorneys representing the Ondo State governor, Kazeem Gbadamosi (SAN), and the chief judge, Mutalib Ojo (SAN), who asked the court to proceed with the case.
Femi Emodamori, the Assembly’s attorney, stated in his submission that the Ondo Assembly had previously abandoned its lawsuit against the judge.
Judge Nwite postponed making a decision until October 6.
In the lawsuit, Aiyedatiwa requested an order of temporary injunction prohibiting Akeredolu, his employees, or privies from threatening, harassing, or dehumanizing him and from interfering with his ability to perform the duties of his position as Ondo State’s deputy governor.
In order to hear the substantive case, the court accepted his petitions and postponed the hearing to Monday.