Judge sues Assembly over Aregbesola
A serving judge in Osun state judiciary, Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede has taken Osun state House of Assembly to court for passing a verdict of no case on her petition seeking the removal of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his Deputy, Titi Laoye Tomori for alleged financial recklessness.
Justice Oloyede, alleging unfair hearing and justice in her petition by the Assembly is seeking the court intervention on the matter.
However, her ex parte motion for order of certiorari to quash the decision by the assembly might have suffered setback as a vacation judge assigned to hear the case, Justice A.A. Aderibigbe refused to mention the case when it came before him.
Counsel to Justice Oloyede,Mr Lukeman Ogunsetan who was in court for the hearing of the matter said he was surprised when the case was not mentioned for hearing until the judge rose on Friday.
By tradition an exparte motion does not require the other party to be put on notice before order of the certiorari is granted.
Ogunsetan expressed worry that the case of her client might be worsened because according to him the state Judicial Commission had issued a query to Justice Oloyede on her action, which must be answered on Monday.
High courts in Osun state are currently on vacation while Justice Oloyede’s case was subsequently assigned to the only vacation judge, Justice Aderibigbe to attend to the exigent matter.
Justice Aderibigbe had adjourned sitting to Thursday next week.
The counsel said he has confidence in the judiciary but expressed surprise that the court did not give the ex parte motion necessary attention it deserved.
He said failure by the judge to mention the case might have compounded the position of Justice Oloyede who had been issued a query by the state Judicial Council over her action.
When journalists approached him, the counsel expressed worry about the attitude of the court to the application, which he said had been filed since Monday.
Ogunsetan explained that he approached the judge who surprisingly told him he had not read the file since Monday, neither could he give a date for the definite hearing of such application of urgency which should have been disposed off within two days.
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