Former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has urged a Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti to set aside the warrant of arrest issued against him by the House of Assembly.
The Assembly called on the Inspector General of Police to give effect to the warrant to bring Fayemi to the the legislative chamber to defend himself against allegation of misappropriation of State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) funds totaling N852 million.
The lawmakers also accused Fayemi, of fraud in the award of contracts during his administration between 2010 and 2014.
The former governor in a suit filed by his counsel, Rafiu Balogun, copies of which was made available to reporters on Wednesday said the action of the lawmakers was politically motivated and done in bad faith.
Fayemi is demanding from the plaintiffs the sum of N500,000,000.00 as general damages for the embarrassment, odium, contempt and public ridicule the issuance of the summons and arrest warrant has caused him having been widely circulated in the print, electronic and online media.
He contended that the summons and warrant of arrest issued against him by the Assembly was done in gross violation of the provisions of Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Joined as defendants in the suit are the Assembly, the Speaker, the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command.
Fayemi is seeking a perpetual injunction of the court restraining the 3rd and 4th defendants from arresting him or giving effect to the warrant of arrest issued by the 1st and 2nd defendants in total disregard of the provisions of Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.