Ondo Speaker risks jail term over suspended lawmakers
Nov 27, 2020
The Ondo state High Court has served the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun, a form 48, indicating a contempt against the court.
It was gathered that Contempt of court is any action that disrespects the authority of the court and brings the court/judge into disrepute.
This may likely land the Speaker in jail if found guilty.
The leadership of the House of Assembly had been at loggerheads with Nine members who moved against impeachment of the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi after dumping the APC in June, 2020 to contest the governorship primaries of the PDP.
Ajayi lost the primaries and later moved to the ZLP to contest the October 10 governorship election.
The Nine members had approached the court to nullify their suspension which was granted.
The case had been appealed by the Oleyelogun-led house while also seeking for stay of execution. The stay of execution had since been quashed by the appellate court.
The Nine lawmakers are being denied access to the assembly even after the appellate court judgment reinstating them.
Oleyelogun denied the allegation, saying the House is in recess.
The Precision NG gathered that the Lawmakers had went back to the High Court to complain about the noncompliance to its judgment by Oleyelogun.
Consequently, the Court on Thursday issued form 48, that is, Contempt of Court form against the Speaker.
Speaking to The Precision NG in Akure, the Ondo state capital, on the implication of form 48, a Lawyer who craved anonymity said by virtue of the recent development, the Speaker would have to explain to the Court why its judgment had not been obeyed.
The lawyer added that such action by the Speaker can land him a jail term.