Justice Oloyede’s Case Suffers Setback
The suit filed by Justice Oloyede Olamide Folahanmi against the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salam, and 10 others has been re-assigned to another judge and further hearing of the case fixed for October 5, 2015.
The case was hitherto handled by Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe, a vacation judge. Aderibigbe, while giving the order, said the process of adjournment was to allow counsel to the plaintiff, Kanmi Ajibola, serve the third to ninth respondents duly.
The defense counsel, Lawal Ibrahim and Idris Mikail, had tendered two applications before the court in the sitting.
The applications contained a counter-affidavit to show that the complainant was not truthful in fair hearing, despite her proxy and also an application seeking the court to dismiss the case on grounds of baseless facts and improper serving of the defense counsel.
Oloyede, a serving judge in the state, who was recently queried by National Judicial Council over her unethical and impropriety disposition, had sent a petition to the House of Assembly, calling for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for allegedly financial mismanagement.
The Assembly, however, dismissed the petition on August 4, 2015 following the recommendations of a seven-man ad hoc committee set up to investigate the allegations and recommended appropriate sanctions against her.
Ibrahim, while speaking with journalists, said that the application brought by the plaintiff was not meant for this court to entertain, because the decision of the House cannot be quashed by order of certified right.
He said, “No disciplinary action taken against her yet and her right to sue has not been crystalised.
“The application is just a waste of time; as you can see, there is no urgency in the case, hence their request for adjournment.”