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Ondo Deputy Governor’s impeachment hits brickwall

’Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor/Osagie Otabor, Akure


THE deliberate impeachment of Ondo State Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, by the State Home of Meeting must wait until one other day.

Chief Decide of the State, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu, has declined to accede to the request of the meeting for the organising of a seven-man investigative panel to research the allegations towards Ajayi.

The CJ stated the trail taken by the anti-Ajayi assemblymen fell wanting the constitutional necessities.

Akeredolu (no relation of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu), responding to a letter from the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun on the matter, stated the Deputy Governor have to be served with discover of impeachment signed by no fewer than one-third of members of the Home of Meeting of the state.”

Within the June 9, 2020 letter, the CJ stated: “The discover to be served on him should state that he’s responsible of gross misconduct within the efficiency of the capabilities of his workplace and should specify the particulars of the gross misconduct.

“He have to be allowed to answer the allegations

“Inside 14 days of receipt of the Discover of the Honourable Speaker, whether or not or not the Deputy Governor responded, the Home of Meeting shall go a decision supported by not lower than two thirds majority of all of the members of the Home of Meeting that the allegations be investigated.

“Inside seven days of passing the decision, on the request of the Speaker of the Home of Meeting, the Chief Decide shall appoint a panel of seven individuals to research.”

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She additionally stated the lawmakers had not accomplished the constitutional course of that might lead the Speaker to ask her to arrange an investigative panel as stipulated by the Structure.

Apart from, she stated she had acquired a letter from Kayode Olatoke, SAN, that the matter of the impeachment of Ajayi was sub judice.

Why CJ rejected Meeting’s impeachment panel request

Apart from the explanations given by Justice Akeredolu on why she couldn’t arrange a panel to research the Ondo State Deputy Governor, a number of sources advised The Nation that the CJ seems to have been unconvinced that 14 members of the  State Meeting met the constitutional requirement that two thirds of the 26 legislators should have signed the impeachment discover.

She can also be of the view that the place of the 9 members of the Meeting who’re towards the impeachment process couldn’t be ignored.

“Despite effort of their correspondence to persuade the CJ that the deputy governor had been placed on discover of the impeachment course of, the professional impeachment legislators couldn’t present proof to again up their claims. It’s largely for this that the CJ declined their request,” a supply aware about the event stated.

The supply added: “Justice Akeredolu merely selected to err on the aspect of warning as an alternative of being caught in an apparent political internet.”

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It was additionally gathered that following the request for a panel of enquiry from the Meeting to the CJ, Justice Akeredolu had  acquired recommendation and warnings from main political figures throughout the state, together with some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on her dealing with of the matter.

The APC chieftains reportedly wrote to the CJ to say that current happenings within the state Meeting have been largely political and, as such, she needs to be cautious lest she be dragged into a large number by the meeting’s divided management.

One supply stated: “A bunch of distinguished APC leaders, together with present and former political workplace holders, had reached out to the CJ to advise her on the request by the Meeting.

“They warned her towards permitting herself for use within the political schemes of some individuals.

“They suggested her to look at the division within the meeting critically in deciding whether or not to arrange the panel or not.”

Sources additionally stated {that a} group of PDP leaders in Akure Native Authorities Space of the state on Thursday threatened to report the CJ to the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC) and in addition take her to court docket ought to she accede to the request of the Home.

The group -PDP Rebirth Discussion board- beneath the management of Hon. Biodun Falaye, former state Secretary of the defunct All Peoples Get together (APP), accused the APC within the state of persecuting Ajayi on account of his occasion affiliation.

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“And this clearly is an infringement on his proper to affiliate freely. The CJ ought to know that it isn’t anticipated that the judiciary, being unbiased of the chief and the legislature, will present a free platform for the deputy governor to be additional persecuted, particularly when the matter is already in court docket,” the group stated.

“Justice Akeredolu may have to choose, whether or not to be applauded for standing up for justice or be dragged to court docket for standing justice on its head knowingly. We’re not unaware of the strain on her by those that need to subvert the method, however the alternative is for the Decide to make.”

One other supply stated: “The deputy governor and his new occasion had moved forward of the meeting.

”With the instances in court docket, the impeachment course of must wait.

“However the pro-impeachment lawmakers have been banking on the help of Governor Akeredolu to get the CJ to play ball.

“The strain from politicians throughout occasion divides despatched some warning indicators to the judiciary within the state, resulting in a decision to remain out of the continued political energy battle throughout the government.”

Ajayi lately resigned from the APC to hitch the PDP following a disagreement with Governor Akeredolu.

Article 186 of the 1999 Structure stipulates the situations for the removing of a deputy governor.


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