Ex-deputy Speaker drags Ogun Assembly to court, demands N1.5bn damages

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The recently impeached former Deputy Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Dare Kadiri, has dragged the Assembly before an Abeokuta Federal High Court demanding the nullification of his impeachment by the House.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olakunle Taiwo Oluomo was joined as the first respondent in the case while the House of Assembly was the second respondent.

Kadiri in the suit tagged FHC/AB/FHR/35/2021 and dated 10th of March sought for N500m general damage against the respondents.

He also prayed the court for an order of N1bn exemplary damages against the respondents.

According to the court paper signed by the counsel to the applicant, Idowu Adepeju, as obtained by our correspondent, Kadiri was seeking for a declaration that his right to fair hearing under Section 36(1) of the Constitution was contravened by the respondents in the process of removing him from office.

He also applied for an order declaring his removal from office and the process that led to it a nullity, null, void and of no effect, arguing that same was done in violation of fair hearing as stipulated in the Constitution.

He also sought for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents and their agents from taking any further step or doing anything that would deny him his right as the Deputy Speaker of the house.

In his affidavit in support of the application, Kadiri argued that the Speaker was at the Centre of the dispute which formed part of the grounds for which he was impeached and that the same Speaker presided over his impeachment.

He further argued that all the members of the committee set up to investigate him, except the Secretary, were the same accusers who had signed his notice of removal in a letter earlier sent to the clerk of the House before the committee was set up.

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