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Court Summons Ekiti Speaker Over Disobedience Of Order

A Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has or­dered that the Speaker of Ekiti State House of As­sembly, Kola Oluwawole, must appear before it on December 7 for his dis­obedience of the order to swear in legislator-elect, Toyin Obayemi.
 Court Summons Ekiti Speaker Over Disobedience Of Order
The Presiding Judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that the Speaker must comply with his order to inaugurate Obayemi as member representing Ado-Ekiti Constituency 1 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 immediately as the legislator 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 had 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, 2015 House of Assembly election.
The court also held that Arogundade was never qualified to stand as a candidate at the poll on grounds that he fraudu­lently obtained an Abuja Federal High Court order to validate his candidacy.
The judge said that court record 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.

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