Impeachment plot: Court dashes Philip Shaibu’s hope

Justice James Omotoso of the Federal High Court in Abuja has denied an ex-parte plea filed by Edo State’s deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, seeking an interim order to halt the impeachment process in the state’s House of Assembly.

In the claim, Shaibu sought an injunction from the court prohibiting the third to fifth defendants from initiating any procedure for his removal by holding proceedings or establishing any panel of investigation, until the hearing of a motion on notice.

He also sought an interim injunction preventing the defendants, either directly or through their agents, from interfering with the subject matter of the Originating Summons filed in the suit seeking his removal from office as Edo State’s deputy governor pending the hearing of the motion on notice, among other reliefs.

However, in the decision dated March 13, but mentioned on Monday, the trial judge, Justice James Omotosho, refused the deputy governor’s requests.

It read, “That the Motion Expartee for Interim Injunction dated and filed 8th day of March 2024 is hereby refused.”

Meanwhile, at the proceedings on Tuesday, the judge fixed Wednesday for hearing in another motion ex-parte brought by the plaintiff seeking substituted service on the defendants due to his inability to serve them.

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