The Lagos state house of Assembly has requested the Lagos High Court to cancel former Lagos state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s suit challenging the constitutionality of the probe of his administration by the House of Assembly over procurement of 820 buses for public transportation.
The state assembly is also other things challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.
At the resumption of the matter on Wednesday before Justice Y.A Adesanya, a team of lawyers to the defendants led by Lawal Pedro (SAN) and Olukayode Enitan (SAN) informed the court of the counter affidavit filed in opposition to the motion for interlocutory injunction and a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.
Already, Pedro said he had been served with claimant’s (Ambode’s) written reply on point of law to the counter affidavit with a written address.
He, however, asked for time to react to the process served on him in court by the claimant’s legal team.
In response, the claimant’s counsel, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) confirmed the receipt of the preliminary objection but informed the court that the defendants were yet to file a defence to the suit.
At the instance of both counsel, especially the need to put in all necessary processes, the matter was adjourned to January 16, 2020 for hearing.
Ambode had said contrary to deliberate misrepresentation of facts by the lawmakers, the procurement of the 820 buses was well captured in the 2018 Appropriation Law which was duly approved by the House.