BY BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
LAGOS—Lagos State Government has asked the Court of Appeal to reject the appeal filed by a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr. Femi Pedro, challenging his removal from office on May10, 2007.
Pedro, through his lawyer, late Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, had approached the High Court of Lagos by way of an originating summons dated July 8, 2007, over his impeachment.
He asked the lower court to declare that the process leading to his impeachment as the State Deputy Governor was improper, illegal, null and void.
It will be recalled that the presiding judge, Justice Yetunde Idowu, in her ruling, dismissed the suit on technical grounds, saying it was brought in form of originating summons instead of the writ of summons as provided by law.
Dissatisfied, Pedro appealed against the ruling and urged the appellate court to set aside the decision of the lower court.
At the resumed hearing of the appeal, Lagos State governor and the Attorney General of Lagos State, (2nd and 3rd respondents) in their Motion on Notice prayed the court for extension of time within which to file and serve their brief of argument.
The former deputy governor, in his brief of argument dated May 21, 2013, stated 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.