An Ogun High Court in Ijebu Ode has turned down an ex-parte request made by Wale Adedayo, the suspended Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government. Adedayo sought to halt further investigations and actions by councilors who were probing allegations of financial mismanagement against him.
In a ruling on the ex-parte motion presented by Barrister O.T. Are, representing Adeyinka Kotoye SAN on behalf of Wale Adedayo, Justice Ayodele Omoniyi, the presiding judge, dismissed the application “completely.”
It should be noted that the councilors of the Ijebu East Legislative Council had recently suspended the chairman while continuing their investigation into alleged financial irregularities. They directed the vice chairman to assume office pending the completion of the investigation.
The plaintiff’s counsel, Are, informed the court about the ex-parte motion, dated September 6, seeking an interim order to restrain the defendants, their agents, and associates from proceeding with the letter of invitation that required the claimant to appear before the Legislative Council on September 14, or alternatively, to order the parties to maintain the status quo.
In its ruling, the court pointed out that the plaintiff’s application was untimely, as he had received notice of the resolution on August 31 but waited until September 11 to file the application.
The judge remarked, “Delay undermines fairness.”
The court directed the claimant to notify the defendants and return for the hearing of the originating summons on September 22, 2023.