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Impeachment of Gov or Deputy gov: Lawful procedure (3)

This week I will continue my discussion with a focus on the developments in Imo State. The act of the House of Assembly in proceeding with the said impeachment despite the fact that there was a Court order restraining it from so doing is deplorable and same should be condemned. For starters, it is settled that all persons against whom an order of Court is made are duty bound to respect and obey same until same has been set aside by a Court of competent jurisdiction. It is not within the election of parties to choose whether or not to obey a Court order. Please see the case of NGERE V. OKURUKET (2014) 11 NWLR (PT. 1417) 147 @ PG. 173, PARAS F-G, where it was held that:

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Illegality of impeachment and defection by legislators by Femi Falana, SAN.

The crisis of misgovernance in the country has been accentuated by the official impunity of members of the ruling class.  Hence, the executive is justifying disobedience of court orders while legislators regularly suspend their colleagues and carry out impeachment of Governors outside the ambit of the Constitution.    Even though it has been decided by the Court of Appeal that a legislative house lacks the power to suspend a legislator both chambers of the national assembly and state legislative houses have continued to suspend members who disagree with their colleagues. 

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