UPDATE: Court Stops Speaker From Suspending Ondo Lawmaker
By Deji Adebayo, Akure
An Ondo State High Court has today restrained the State House of Assembly and its Speaker; Rt.Hon Bamidele Oleyeloogun from suspending the lawmaker representing Eseodo State Constituency in the Assembly, Hon Success Torhukerhijo.
Recall that Hon Torhukerhijo was suspended for misconduct but he said he was being victimised for not signing the impeachment notice against his kinsman and Deputy Governor of the state; Hon Agboola Ajayi.
Other lawmakers loyal to Ajayi that were suspended were the Deputy Speaker; Hon Ogundeji Iroju, Hon Favour Tomomowo and Hon Wale Williams.
Hon Torhukerhijo had sought the protection of the court from being suspended.
In an order ex-parte granted by Justice Ademola Bola, the Assembly, Speaker, their officers, agents and servants were restrained from suspending the lawmaker representing Ese-Odo as a member of the House.
Justice Bola also restrained the Defendants/Respondents, their officers, servants and agents from preventing the applicant from performing his constitutional duties or any legislative function as a member of the Ondo State House of Assembly pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice in this suit.
The court also restrained the Defendants/Respondents, their officers, agents and servants from stopping the benefits or other entitlements of the claimant as an elected member of the House of Assembly pending the determination of the motion on notice.