…9 lawmakers write chief judge, dissociate selves
…As Ajayi warns Akeredolu against turning Ondo to banana republic
THE Ondo House of Assembly yesterday ordered Chief Judge Olarenwaju Akeredolu to set up a panel of seven to investigate gross misconduct charges against Mr Agboola Ajayi, Deputy Governor. It was done in writing to the chief judge of the State on one day nine members of the legislature, dissociating themselves from ongoing attempts to sue the deputy governor. Likewise, the shooting Deputy Governor cautioned Governor Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday against turning the state into the banana republic in desperation to bring him to justice. 14 lawmakers signed the notice of impeachment against Ajayi, while nine removed themselves from the exercise.
In a letter dated 7 July by the President , Mr. Bamidele Oleyelogun asked the House of Assembly Chief to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations against Ajayi. The letter entitled “Request to set up a panel under Section 188(5) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution of 1999 (as amended)” was received by 3:35 p.m. in the Chief Judge office. It reads: “You have been asked to set up a seven-member panel to investigate the allegations of a gross misconduct against Mr Agboola Ajayi, Deputy Governor of Ondo State, dated 7July2020 by the members of the House. ‘Today (yesterday) by resolution of the House under S.118(3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended. It was determined that the accusations would be investigated immediately. “It is in line with the above that I ask you to constitute a seven-man panel to conduct such inquiries as the House has agreed.
9 lawmakers dissociate themselves from Impeachment
However nine Members of the legislature have addressed the Chief Judge of the State, dissociating themselves from the ongoing attempt to sue the Deputy Governor. The representatives are Vice President, Mr. Jamiu Maito, Mr. Rasheed Elegbeleye, Mr. Tomide Akinribido, Mr. Samuel Edamisan Ademola and Mr. Iroju Ogundeji.
Others include Ms Favor Tomomewo, Ms Festus Akingbaso, Ms Adewale Adewinle and the Performance of Mr Torhukerhijo. In an open letter, the lawmakers told the Chief Judge of the House leadership’s intention to suspend those actors. The letter reads: ‘Nine elected members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have been duly removed from the ongoing process of the prosecution of the Deputy Gouverneur of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, by letter dated 7 July 2020, with this letter attached to the Clerk and Registrar and the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly. “We want to say to your good office and affirm that we preserve our position by distinguishing ourselves from the prosecution. We do not support the prosecution on the basis of our conviction. “We are writing to draw your attention to the fact that all of us signatories of this letter may suspend them to circumvent the provisions of Nigeria ‘s constitution, which we all swore to uphold and protect, including your Noble Lordship, as this will contravene the laws of the land.” A copy of the notice of impeachment, addressed to the deputy governor, was signed by the House Clerk Michael Bode Adeyelu, who was received and signed on 7 July at the office of deputy governor. ODHA/98/253/97 was released with the notice entitled: ‘Notice of Alleged Gross Misconduct Against Mr Agbolea Ajayi, Deputy Governor of the State of Ondo.
‘ In the meantime, the battled administrator yesterday cautioned the governor against turning the state into a banana republic through his desire to prosecute it.
In response to the suspension of the three senators, which were isolated from his impeachment, Ajayi said that the governor’s attempt to fire him would fail. The House suspended Mr. Iroju Ogundeji, Deputy Speaker, Favor Tomomewo and Williams Adewale Adewinle indefinitely for suspected unparliamentary behaviour. But the deputy governor said that it would allow legislators, without intervention, abuse and intimidation, to perform their constitutional duties. His words: “The Ondo State is unlike a banana republic where elected representatives may be dismissed at will because they have failed to obey the government. The Constitution is consistent on the division of powers and the method of beginning any case. ‘The 2/3 provided for in the Constitution belongs to all the members of the Senate, not only to the plenary at a specific time.
We ‘re not going to be gone from the APC, Deputy Speaker says,
while others say, Deputy Speaker Iroju Ogundeji alleged that both the governor and the party leadership instigated their suspension. Ogundeji, who talked to newsmen, said, “We ‘re not leaving the APC for the PDP. We ‘d remain in the party. Nobody will threaten us.