Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
A Kogi high Court sitting in Lokoja, has reserved ruling for February 27, 2020 on the matter brought before it on the legality of the removal of Elder Simon Achuba as the Deputy Governor of Kogi state and subsequent replacement by Chief Edward David Onoja.
The High Court 4 presided over by Justice John Olorunfemi, reserved judgement for February 27 this year, after listening to counsels of the claimant and the defendants on Wednesday.
Making his submission, J. S. Okutepa Counsel to the plaintiff asked the court to declare the removal of the former Kogi State Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba from office by the Kogi state House of Assembly as a violation of the Constitution, urged the court to declare the actions and subsequent nomination of another person to the office by the lawmakers as null and void.
J.S.Okutepa SAN, made the submission while arguing on the case between Elder Simon Achuba vs the KSHA and 29 others when the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday.
Okutepa who described the action of the Kogi State House of Assembly as a constitutional coup, hatched and executed in a democracy, relied on Section 188 subsection 8, a section that stopped the Assembly from further action having discovered that the former Deputy Governor was not found wanting.
Okutepa said the onus to produce the remaining volumes of the report purported to have indicted the former Deputy Governor rests with the defendants which they fail to do, pointed out that the 29th defendants also did not file a counter notice, described the process of removing the former deputy governor as not following due process.
In his response, Chief Adeniyi, counsel to the 1 to 4th defendants prayed the court to dismiss the suit filed by the claimant as he has no power to challenge the proceedings of the House of Assembly, as the laws establishing the seven man panel of enquiry that sat over the issues of the Deputy Governor gives it powers not to entertained or be questioned by any court of law, described the court process as illegally incompetent.
While he described the issues raised in the originating surmmon as vexatious and centred on guess work, said the claimant was unable to provide the remaining volumes of the report that he claimed didn’t indict him, insisting that the onus of proveonot guilty rest with the claimant.
Also in their separate responses, Barr. Isaac Ekpa, counsel to the 5 to 25 defendants, Z.E.Abbas, Counsel to the 26 to the 28 defendants, urged the court to decline jurisdiction on the matter and to seek to find out what constitute an abuse of office as alleged of the claimant and to so dismiss the application for lacking in Merit of the originating surmmon.
Similarly, M.Y Abdullahi counsel to the 30th defendant, urged that the matter be thrown out as the exhibits presented are not certified, as such urged the court to dismiss the originating summon.