Court reverses removal of ex-Ondo Deputy Governor

Akure, March 25, 2017 (TNE): The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure  has  reversed the removal of Alhaji Ali Olanusi as the Deputy Governor of Ondo State.
The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Danjuma, held  on Friday  that the impeachment and removal of  Olanusi was not  in accordance with the provisions of the law.
He also held that the former deputy governor was not accorded fair hearing before he was removed.
Danjuma ordered the restoration of the rights and benefits due to Olanusi from the time of his removal from office to the period his tenure lapsed.
A  Federal High Court in Lagos had on Aug.13, 2016, struck out a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Olanusi challenging his impeachment.
Justice Mohammed Idris, in his judgment, had held that Olanusi’s suit was an abuse of court processes.
Olanusi was impeached by the state House of Assembly on April 27, 2015, following his defection from  the Labour Party, through which he was elected, to the All Progressives  Congress.
Meanwhile,  Olanusi  on Saturday  said he held no grudges against those who masterminded his removal.
Speaking with newsmen in Akure, Olanusi said his vindication was  an act of God.
“There is no cause for revenge. I am a Christian to the core, so if God didn’t want all this to happen, it wouldn’t have.
“The injustice of it all has been exposed to the people of Ondo State and may God reward all accordingly,” he said.
Olanusi praised the Nigerian judiciary for the  improvement in the justice system.
”I also thank the people of Ondo State who stood behind me in the period of my travails. (TNE)
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