Impeachment Of Ondo Deputy Governor Suffers Setback

Plans by the Ondo State House of Assembly to impeach the state Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi has suffered setback as the State’s Chief Judge, Oluwatoyin Akeredolu refused to set up an investigative panel.

Recall that Ajayi was accused of gross misconduct, financial recklessness, attempt to bring down the Ondo State government and the state lawmakers in a letter dated July 7, and signed by its Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, asked the CJ to constitute a seven-man panel to probe Ajayi.

“It is in line with the above that request that you set up a seven-man panel to conduct the investigation as resolved by the honourable house and the panel shall, as soon as possible, report back to the House,” the letter read in part.

The CJ, however, in her reply to the letter, declined the request.

She argued that the two-third majority as required by the 1999 Constitution for setting up such a probe panel was not achieved in the assembly.

The CJ further said that she got a letter from Ajayi’s lawyers claiming that the process of impeachment was sub judice.

14 out of the 26 State lawmakers had served Agboola an impeachment notice, while nine other members kicked against the move.

Ajayi had approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday to stop the impeachment process.

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