In a recent development, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has decisively dismissed an application led by Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker, Olamide Oladiji, and other lawmakers. The application sought the impeachment of the state’s Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

All Nigeria Latest News reports that the court dismissed the application on Thursday after the lawmakers withdrew same citing “interest of peace.”

The panel, under the leadership of Justice Haruna Tsammani, concluded that since the appeal was voluntarily withdrawn, it is now officially dismissed.

Dr. Remi Peter O., leading the Speaker’s legal team, declared that the parties involved in the impeachment dispute have reached a political resolution to address their issues.

“On behalf of the appellants, we are here to withdraw this appeal.

“The instruction to this effect was given to us yesterday (Wednesday) and we have filed this morning the notice of withdrawal.

“In the interest of peace, we seek to withdraw this appeal,” Peter said.

A.A. Adewusi, representing the deputy governor, confirmed receiving the notice of withdrawal, as did DSS counsel I. Awo. Other respondents’ counsel acknowledged the withdrawal and expressed no objections.

The lawmakers had initially sought to overturn a Federal High Court interim injunction preventing the impeachment of the deputy governor due to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s prolonged medical absence. Following an impeachment notice on September 20, they requested an expedited hearing against Aiyedatiwa. However, on September 26, Aiyedatiwa obtained an interim injunction halting impeachment proceedings.

The respondents included the Inspector General of Police, State Security Services, Governor Akeredolu, and the Chief Judge of Ondo State. Aiyedatiwa argued that the Federal High Court’s decision posed a constitutional crisis regarding its jurisdiction over time-sensitive legislative processes.

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