The Ondo State Judiciary under the leadership of Oluwatoyin Akeredolu C.J, has rejected a request to set up a probe panel from the state’s House of Assembly
against the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, over allegations of gross misconduct with an intent to impeach.
The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, had on Thursday written to the Chief Judge to set up a seven-man panel to investigate Mr. Alfred Ajayi, the Deputy Governor.
A source in the office of the Chief Judge confirmed that the letter was rejected due to the inability of the Assembly members to follow the constitution with respect to the required number of members required to impeach a subtantive executive officer.
14 members of the Assembly had signed an impeachment notice against the Deputy Governor, listing seven allegations against him, while 9 other members of the Assembly had also written to the Speaker to distance themselves from the process of impeachment.
The Chief Judge therefore, relied on this information and held that the Assembly failed to form the 2/3 majority required to impeach the Deputy Governor.
We however gathered that the Deputy Governor is yet to be served the impeachment notice reportedly sent to him by the Assembly, neither has Mr. Agboola responded to any such notice as required by the provision of the constitution.
This therefore, goes to show that some positions required by law has not been met.
See Akeredolu C.J’s interpretation of the law and pronouncement thereafter in a statement below;