Court orders Fayose to pay N234m to sacked Fayemi's commissioners

On assumption of office in October 2014, Fayose had sacked members of the State Independent National Electoral Commission (SIEC), Civil Service Commission (CSC), House of Assembly Service Commission (HASC) and Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) appointed and sworn into office by former Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Angered by Fayose's action, the sacked officials sued the governor describing his action illegal, unlawful and asked the court to reinstate them into their respective commissions.

The plaintiffs are: Mrs Cecilia Adelusi, Chief Gbenga Agbona, Chief O.K. Aina, Mr. Dele Oloje of SIEC; Chief Ranti Adebisi, Chief Reuben Akomolafe, Princess Omotunde Adelabu, Mr. Kola Fakiyesi, Mrs. Dupe Bakare and Mr. Olorunfemi Babalola of LGSC.

Others are:Alhaji Aflabi Ogunlayi, Elder Segun Bankole, Mrs. Kemisola Olaleye, Elder Yemi Alade and Chief Sesan Fatoba of CSC; Chief George Ojo, Chief Esan Abejide, Mr. Foluso Ibirinde, Mr. Bayo Akinola and Mr. Kupolati Olaiyan of HASC.

Through their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), the affected officials hinged their prayers on grounds that the tenure of their appointment is statutory.

A copy of the judgment made available to journalists on Monday in Ado Ekiti, Justice Oyeyibola Oyewumi described Fayose's action illegal and "executive rascality" and ordered him to pay the plaintiffs a total sum of N234, 010, 982.24 for terminating their appointments on October 20, 2014.

The justice said : “It is trite that where an appointment of an employee is terminated outside the specified terms of agreement or specified period, such a termination will be seen wrongful or unlawful as the case may be.

“It is upon this basis that I find that dissolution of these Commissions and removal of their chairmen and members by the first defendant (Fayose), as an act of executive recklessness, executive rascality, a grave disregard to the governor’s oath of office which he sworn to uphold, defend and protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

But the judge refused to grant the claimants’ prayers for perpetual injunction restraining the governor or his agents from forcefully withdrawing the monetized vehicles from them.

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