Nigeria, Jan. 24 -- The Ekiti State House of Assembly has challenged the jurisdiction of the state high court to hear a suit filed by its former Speaker, Olugboyega Aribisogan, against his impeachment.

The Assembly urged the court to dismiss the suit on grounds that Mr Aribisogan failed to join the proper parties in the suit.

Mr Aribisogan was impeached on 21 November for allegedly blocking the passage of the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Bill, disparaging the House in the media, causing disaffection among the lawmakers and compromising the security of the Assembly Complex, among other accusations.

However, he challenged the impeachment as offensive to the Constitution and the standing rules of the House.

The defendants in the suit...