14 vs 9 : Drama as Ondo Lawmakers Move to Impeach Defected Deputy Governor

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 7 – There was intense drama in the Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday when lawmakers loyal to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu made moves to impeach the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Today’s Echo gathers that 14 out of 26 lawmakers signed the impeachment notice served to the Deputy Governor while nine lawmakers have distanced themselves from the move. Three lawmakers have not taken a stand. 18 lawmakers are needed to make up the two-third needed to carry out the impeachment.

Agboola has been accused of gross misconduct, among other impeachable offences. Other allegations against the deputy governor include abuse of office with actions likely to bring down Ondo State government, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duty and other assignments.

The allegations slammed against the embattled deputy governor read, “Actions on Sunday 21st June 2020 likely to cause breach of peace in reference to 1983 political crisis with the intent to incite the citizens against government of Ondo State in a video clip at Government House Ground before the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State.

“Publication dated Tuesday 23rd June 2020 on new media and prints media  by his sacked aide, Babatope Okeowo, credited to his person and office by Sahara Reporter, sunrisebulletin.com and others maligning the credibility of the legislative arm of government with false allegations of cash inducement.

“Petition from All Progressives Congress (APC) Ondo Chapter on his alleged movement to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) having sworn in as the deputy governor on the party’s ticket with Mr. Governor for a 4-year-term.”

The motion that contained all the allegations brought against Ajayi was moved and read by the Clerk of the House of Assembly, Bode Adeyelu, without source of the motion. Speaker of the Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, said that he personally received the allegation but failed to mention the source of the allegation.

According to Oleyelogun, the Constitution empowers the Assembly to investigate the allegations and proceed on impeachment if necessary on the deputy governor.

He, therefore, ordered the House’s Clerk to immediately serve the embattled deputy governor notice of impeachment, having been signed by 14 members of the Assembly out of the 26 members.

Meanwhile, the embattled deputy governor has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja to stop the impeachment move by the state House of Assembly.

In the suit filed by his counsel, Mr I. Olatoke (SAN), the defendants include the House of Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, the State Commissioner of Police, Department of State Services and the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr David Oleyeloogun.

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