Edo Power Tussle: Panel Rejects Shaibu’s Prayer To Continue Impeachment Investigation

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The impeachment investigation panel against Edo State deputy governor, RT. Hon Philip Shaibu headed by retired Justice S.A. Omonuwa on Wednesday ruled that the panel would continue its investigation as there was no court order foreclosing it.

The ruling by the panel was after the counsel to Shaibu, Professor Oladoyin Awoyale (SAN) objected to the continuation of the investigation claiming an the order of an Abuja Federal High Court which adjourned the case filed before it by Shaibu to April 8, 2024, for parties in the matter to come and show cause why the court should grant or refuse the prayers for interlocutory injunction against the impeachment processes initiated by the Edo State House of Assembly against the deputy governor.

Justice Omonuwa (Rtd) in his ruling said the Federal High Court in Abuja only asked parties to come and show cause.

Ohiafi Joe, Deputy Clerk, Legal, Edo State House of Assembly, counsel to the House of Assembly, had, while arguing his position, said that by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Section 188 (10), as mended, no court has the right to prevent the House of Assembly, or tue panel so set up, from performing its constitutional responsibilities.

He further argued that Awoyale must convince the panel that the provision of the constitution had been altered for the panel to sustain his argument.

In his ruling, the chairman of the panel said that the panel would continue and asked the House of Assembly to state its case.

Responding to the ruling, Awoyale told the panel that his client would not be able to continue to participate in the investigation and sought the panel’s permission to be excused.

When asked whether he was waving his right to defend his client, the SAN answered in the negative, stressing that parties must obey the court decision that they should appear before it to show cause.