By Abdulwahab Abdulah
LAGOS — Five years after he challenged his removal from office by the Lagos State House of Assembly, former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr. Femi Pedro, weekend, lost his battle to have his impeachment reversed.
Pedro had challenged his removal on May10, 2007, asking the state High Court to declare that the process leading to his impeachment as the state Deputy Governor was improper, illegal, null and void.
Trial judge, Justice Yetunde Idowu, in her ruling, dismissed Pedro’s suit on technical grounds, saying the suit was brought in form of originating summons instead of the writ of summons as provided by law.
Pedro had asked the court to declare that he resigned his office as deputy governor of Lagos State on May 8, 2007, which qualified him to all entitlements and benefits of office enjoyed as a former deputy governor, including pension and other emoluments.
Defendants in the suit were the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN; the Lagos State Attorney-General and the state House of Assembly.