SWITZERLAND, JULY 10 – Plans to impeach the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, has suffered a setback after the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, rejected a request from the State House of Assembly to set up a probe panel against the deputy governor, over allegations of gross misconduct.
“With a view foregoing, the Hon Members of the House of Assembly have not completed the constitutional process that would lead your very good self to invite my humble self to set up a panel of 7 to investigate allegations of misconduct as stipulated in the constitution,” a statement written by the chief judge to the Speaker of the House on Thursday, partly reads.
This is the latest development in the saga of political tussle between the governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, and his deputy, who recently defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Today’s Echo gathers that the Speaker of the Ondo Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, had on Thursday written to the Chief Judge to set up a seven-man panel to investigate Ajayi with the aim to impeach him from office.
There was intense drama in the Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday when lawmakers loyal to the governor made moves to impeach the deputy governor.
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.
Meanwhile, 18 lawmakers are needed to make up the two-third needed to carry out the impeachment.