Nine members of the Ondo State House of Assembly including the Deputy Speaker, Hon Iroju Ogundeji have dissociated themselves from the impeachment move which commence today against the state deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi
Other members of the Assembly who have repudiated the plan to impeach the deputy governor include: Majority Leader, Hon Sulaiman Maito, Hon. Favour Tomomowo, Hon. Rasheed Olalekan Elegbeleye, Hon. Festus Akingbaso, Hon. Adewale Williams Adewinle, Hon. Samuel Demola Edmisan, Hon. Tomide Akinribido and Hon. Success Torhukerijor.
The Assembly which comprises 26 members requires 18 members to successfully carry out the impeachment.
A statement from the Deputy Governor’s spokesman,Tope Okeowo said “With nine members dissociating themselves from the impeachment plan, the Assembly does not have the required 18 to carry out the impeachment as clearly spelt out in Section 188 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
The letter of impeachment which was addressed to the Clerk of the Assembly, entitled “Dissociation from the impeachment plan of the Deputy Governor”
The letter reads”We the underlisted elected members of the Ninth Assembly 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 Deputy Governor. In view of the above, we hereby bring to the notice of Clerk, Mr Bode Adeyelu, the entire members of the House of Assembly and the general public that we do not support the impeachment process and we would not be associated with it based on personal conviction”.
“It is noteworthy to add that the deputy governor had approached the court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights, which the impeachment seeks to breach. In a suit filed on his behalf by Dr I. Olatoke SAN at the Federal High Court, Akure, Agboola Ajayi is asking the court to halt the impeachment proceedings and enforce his rights to freedom of association, which is the basis for the move against him. By commencing the impeachment process, the Speaker might be in contempt of the court.