An Ogun High Court in Ijebu Ode has swiftly dismissed an ex-parte application initiated by the suspended Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, Wale Adedayo, in a bid to halt further investigations and actions taken by councillors regarding allegations of financial mismanagement. The ruling, presided over by Justice Ayodele Omoniyi, saw the application filed by Barrister O.T. Are, standing in for Adeyinka Kotoye SAN on behalf of the suspended chairman, being dismissed in its entirety.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
This legal development stems from recent actions by councillors of the Ijebu East Legislative Council who suspended Chairman Wale Adedayo as part of their ongoing inquiry into alleged financial malpractices. In response, the vice chairman was directed to assume leadership responsibilities until the investigation concludes.
During the court proceedings, the plaintiff’s counsel, Are, presented an ex-parte motion dated September 6, requesting an interim order to restrain the defendants, their agents, and associates from proceeding with a summons that required the claimant to appear before the Legislative Council on September 14. Alternatively, they sought an order for parties to maintain the status quo.
However, the court ruled that the plaintiff’s application was untimely, noting that the claimant had received notice of the resolution on August 31 but waited until September 11 to file the application. Justice Ayodele Omoniyi emphasized, “Delay defeats equity.”
As a result, the claimant was directed to serve notice to the defendants and return for the hearing of the originating summons on September 22, 2023.