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Ondo Deputy Governor’s impeachment hits brickwall

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 should 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 analyze the allegations in opposition to Ajayi.

The CJ mentioned the trail taken by the anti-Ajayi assemblymen fell in need of the constitutional necessities.

Akeredolu (no relation of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu), responding to a letter from the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun on the matter, mentioned the Deputy Governor should 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 mentioned: “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 should 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 analyze.”

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

Moreover, she mentioned 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

Moreover the explanations given by Justice Akeredolu on why she couldn’t arrange a panel to analyze 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 in opposition to the impeachment process couldn’t be ignored.

“Regardless of 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 of the event mentioned.

The supply added: “Justice Akeredolu merely selected to err on the facet 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 latest happenings within the state Meeting had been largely political and, as such, she needs to be cautious lest she be dragged into a multitude by the meeting’s divided management.

One supply mentioned: “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 in opposition to 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 mentioned {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 courtroom ought to she accede to the request of the Home.

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

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

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

One other supply mentioned: “The deputy governor and his new get together had moved forward of the meeting.

”With the instances in courtroom, the impeachment course of should wait.

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

“The stress from politicians throughout get together divides despatched some warning indicators to the judiciary within the state, resulting in a decision to remain out of the continued political energy wrestle inside the government.”

Ajayi not too long ago resigned from the APC to affix the PDP following a disagreement with Governor Akeredolu.

Article 186 of the 1999 Structure stipulates the circumstances for the elimination of a deputy governor.

 

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