Court restrains Akeredolu, others over CJ probe



A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the House of Assembly, Attorney General and three others from taking any further step in relation to the alleged probe of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin  Akeredolu, over a viral video by Olupelumi Fagboyegun.

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

Also to be affected by the order are the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council and the Inspector General of Police, who are listed as defendants in a suit filed by Justice Akeredolu.

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order on Thursday in a ruling on an ex-parte application filed by Justice Akeredolu, who alleged, among others that the decision by the state government, through the former Attorney General, Charles Titiloye, to refer the allegations made against her and the state’s judiciary by Fagboyegun in the viral video to the House of Assembly for investigation, was an illegal act designed to remove her from office.

Justice Ekwo restrained the Governor, the AG and the House of Assembly from proceeding with the planned probe, and equally barred the AGF, NJC and the IGP from acting on any report submitted to them by the Ondo State Government pending the determination of the main suit.

The judge, who granted the four principal reliefs contained in the application, moved by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Jibrin Okutepa, SAN, ordered the service of all originating processes in the suit on the defendants and adjourned till March 5 for hearing of the plaintiff’s motion on notice.

Governor Akeredolu will know his fate in April in the petition filed by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in last year’s governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede.

The Chairman of the Ondo State Election Petitions Tribunal, Justice Umar Abubakar, yesterday fixed April as the month to deliver judgment on the petition.

Jegede is asking the tribunal to declare him winner based on alleged irregularities and that Governor Akeredolu was not validly nominated by his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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