The impeached Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, has asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to restrain the Assembly from proceeding with any legislative function.
Omirin and his impeached Deputy, Adetunji Orisalade, asked the court to restrain legislative activities in the Ekiti Assembly pending when a suit they filed in opposition to their impeachment would be resolved.
On November 20th 2014, both were impeached by seven members of the House who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The other plaintiffs in the motion filed before Justice Saliu Saidu are the current 17 All Progressives Congress members of the Ekiti legislature.
The defendants, a total of 14 include; the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, 8th defendant; the incumbent Speaker of the House, Dele Olugbemi 1st defendant; his Deputy, Olayinka Abeni, 7th defendant; the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba; and the Department of State Service.
Other defendants are; The three commissioners cleared by the House under Olugbemi’s speakership-Oweseni Ajayi (Attorney-General), Kayode Eso (Commissioner for Works) and Toyin Ojo (Commissioner for Finance).
As well as members of the House loyal to Olugbemi; Samuel Ajibola, Adeojo Alexander, Adeloye Adeyinka, Isreal Ajiboye, Fatunbi Olajide and the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti.
In the application, Omirin and others are appealing to Justice Saidu to make an order of interim injunction restraining Olugbemi and Abeni from parading themselves or acting as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House.
They are also asking the court to restrain Fayose and his agents “from generally interfering in any manner with the legislative functions of the plaintiffs and particularly from recognising, dealing, associating or relating with or assigning duties or responsibilities that would validate the illegal assumption of duties of the 12th, 13th and 14th defendants as competent commissioners of Ekiti State Government.”