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Impeachment: Court rejects Shaibu’s request to stop proceedings

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Edo assembly impeaches deputy governor, Philip Shaibu

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, declined to grant the application of Philip Shaibu, Edo State deputy governor, seeking to restrain Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, and others, from impeaching him.

James Omotosho, presiding judge, however, granted the application of Shaibu to serve Obaseki with court documents through substituted means.

In the motion dated and filed on March 8, Shaibu, through his lawyer, Oladoyin Awoyale, sued Obaseki, Edo state government, the house of assembly, and speaker as 1st to 4th defendants.

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Also joined in the suit are clerk of the assembly, chief judge of Edo, inspector-general of police (IGP) and director-general of state security service, as 5th to 8th defendants respectively.

Shaibu sought an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants from carrying out any action to remove him from office, pending the hearing of the motion on notice.

“The motion ex parte for interim injunction dated and filed 8th day of March 2024 is hereby refused,” the judge held.

The judge had ordered the lawyer to serve all the defendants with the processes and hearing notices and adjourned until March 18 for hearing.

At the resumption of hearing on Wednesday, Awoyale told the court that Obaseki and Edo house of assembly, who are the principal actors in the matter, have not been served.

The counsel said the 6th, 7th and 8th defendants had been served.

He asked the court to grant the prayer to serve the court papers on Obaseki and the state house of assembly by substituted means.

He said the court documents should be pasted at the gates of Edo state government house, and house of assembly complex, or by courier service.

Awoyale also prayed the court for an order for parties to maintain a status quo pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The judge granted the prayers that the court documents be served on Obaseki and the state house of assembly through substituted means.

He declined the application of Shaibu that the parties should maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit.

He adjourned the matter until April 15 for hearing.

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