Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker, Kola Oluwawole may be in a fix as a Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, has insisted that he must appear before it on December 7.
This action came as a result of his refusal to obey the order to swear in lawmaker-elect Toyin Obayemi.
At the court’s resumed sitting yesterday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that the Speaker must comply with his order to inaugurate Obayemi as the member representing Ado Ekiti Constituency I, which was delivered on July 4.
Obayemi is pressing a contempt charge against Oluwawole for disobeying the court order that he (Obayemi) be sworn in to replace Musa Arogundade who was removed by the Court and ordered to refund all salaries and allowances collected since June 5 when the Fifth Assembly was inaugurated.
The court nullified Arogundade’s election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Obayemi a Certificate of Return holding that the latter was not validly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the April 11, last year House of Assembly election.
The court also held that Arogundade was never qualified to stand as a candidate on the grounds that he fraudulently obtained an Abuja Federal High Court order to validate his candidacy.
The judge said court records showed the Speaker has been served Form 49, a notice of why he (Oluwawole) should not be committed to prison for disobeying the order of the court.
Obayemi’s counsel Olayinka Sokoya told the court that he received a letter from the law chambers of Mike Ozekhome, dated November 18, a day after the last day of sitting.
Sokoya explained that Ozekhome is seeking to represent Oluwawole and praying the court for an adjournment of the case.
But Justice Taiwo maintained that the proper thing must be done and the court order must be obeyed by the Speaker.
He adjourned the case till December 7.
After adjourning, Justice Taiwo said: “The Speaker must obey the order of this court. The proper things should be done. For the avoidance of doubt, the Speaker should consult with his counsel against the next adjourned date, most especially as court record shows that he has been served.
“I will never be intimidated by anybody, somebody was here before. Even if I die the Bench lives on.”