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OGUN: Court dismisses suspended LG chairman’s application to stop probe

AN ex-parte appeal filed by the suspended Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, Wale Adedayo, seeking the court to seize further investigations and actions by councillors investigating him on charges of financial mismanagement was dismissed by an Ogun High Court sitting in Ijebu Ode.

In its ruling on the ex-parte motion argued by Barrister O.T. Are, standing in for Adeyinka Kotoye SAN, on behalf of the suspended chairman, Wale Adedayo, the presiding judge, Justice Ayodele Omoniyi, dismissed the application in “its entirety”..

It would be recalled that the Ijebu East Legislative Council recently suspended the chairman in order to continue investigations into alleged financial malpractices and directed the vice chairman to take over until the investigation was completed.

Are, the counsel to the plaintiff, informed the court of the ex-parte motion dated September 6 praying for an interim order restraining the defendants, their agents, and privies from further proceeding on the letter of invitation to the claimant that asked him to appear before the Legislative Council on September 14 or in the alternative to order parties to maintain the status quo.

The court highlighted in its finding that the plaintiff’s application was not timely because he received notice of the resolution on August 31 but did not file his application until September 11.

“Delay defeats equity,” the judge said

The claimant was therefore instructed to notify the defendants and return on September 22, 2023 for the hearing on the originating summons.

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