Seven reasons Ondo lawmakers want deputy governor removed
Member of the Ondo State House of Assembly have listed seven reasons why they are moving for the impeachment of the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi.
ND REPORTERS reported that the assembly was in a rowdy session with armed police officers and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps present at the complex in Akure.
Already, 14 lawmakers have supported the impeachment of Mr Ajayi. They are Aderogboye Samuel, Oladiji Olamide, Festus Adefioye, Adeyemi Olayemi, Muhammed Oladele, Oluwole Emmanuel, Borokini Simeon and Gbegudu Ololade.
Others are Abiodun Faleye, Falemu Olusegun, Akintomide Akinrogun, Towase Kuti, Akinruntan Abayomi and Oloyede Olusola.
The allegations levied against Mr Agboola are
1. Gross misconduct
2. Abuse of office with actions likely to bring down Ondo State government.
3. Financial recklessness
4. Abandonment of office, official duties and other assignments
5. Actions on Sunday June 21, 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.
6. Publication dated Tuesday, 23rd of June, 2020 by his sacked aide, Babatope Okeowo maligning the credibility of the legislative arm of government with false allegations of cash inducement.
7. Petition from the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Ondo Chapter on his alleged movement to People’s Democratic Party (PDP) having sworn in as deputy governor on party’s ticket with Mr governor for a four years term.
However, nine other members of the Assembly have dissociated themselves from the impeachment.
The members in a joint letter to the speaker, on Tuesday said they do not support the impeachment process and would not want to be associated with it.
The nine members are Iroju Ogundeji, Jamiu Sulieman, Rasheed Elegbeleye, Tomide Akinrinbido, Samuel Ademola, Favour Tomemowo, Festus Akingbaso, Adewale Williams and Torhukerhijo Success.
According to the letter the members said “we the underlisted elected Honourable members of the 9th session of the Ondo State House of Assembly hereby append our signatures to clarify that we have resolved not to partake in the impeachment process of the Ondo State, Deputy-Governor, H. E. Alfred Agboola Ajayi.”
“In view of the above, we hereby bring it he notice of Mr Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele David Oleyelogun, the entire Honourable members of the Ondo State House of Assembly and the general public that we do not support the impeachment process and would not want to be associated with it based on personal conviction”.
This newspaper on Monday reported that the deputy governor had sued the House of Assembly over the planned impeachment.
He said the decision is to halt plans by the assembly to begin his impeachment for leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He plans to run for primary in the upcoming election in the opposition party.