In a landmark ruling, an Ondo State High Court in Akure has granted an Order of Mandamus, compelling the Ondo State House of Assembly and its Speaker to establish a medical panel to assess the health of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. This move arises from the Governor's six-month absence, sparking widespread concerns about his health and the transparency of his office.
The suit was brought to court by Olufemi Lawson, Isijola Kike, Ologun Ayodeji, and Arogbo Olaniyi, based on the premise that the health of an elected official is a public trust issue. This motion was filed on October 25, 2023, invoking section 6(6b) of the 1999 constitution and the rules of the Ondo State High Court.
The Role of Legal Team and Justice A. I Kolawole
The case was argued by a legal team led by Dotun Ajulo. Justice A. I Kolawole presided over the case. He cited precedents in public interest litigation and brushed aside procedural obstacles, directing the respondents to perform their constitutional duties as per section 189(4) of the 1999 constitution.
The case has been adjourned until January 11, 2024. The court's decision underscores the importance of transparency and accountability in the public office, potentially setting a precedent for similar situations in the future. The formation of a medical panel may shed light on Governor Akeredolu's health condition, and whether his prolonged absence is due to health-related reasons, thus resolving the public's concerns.