The Ondo State House of Assembly has served the state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, impeachment notice over allegation of gross misconduct.
The motion was read by the clerk of the assembly,Bode Adeyelu.
The speaker of the assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, said he personally received the allegation but failed to mention the source of the allegation.
Oleyelogun noted that the constitution empowers the assembly to investigate allegation and proceed on impeachment if necessary on the deputy governor if necessary.
He, therefore, ordered the house’s clerk to immediately serve the embattled deputy governor notice of impeachment having been signed by 14 members of the assembly.
However, the Deputy Speaker of the assembly, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji, as well as others were shouted down by the speaker when attempting to contribute to the motion and the motion was put into voice votes.
The Majority Leader, Jamiu Maito therefore, moved a motion for adjournment till Wednesday July 8 and was seconded by Oluyede Fayide, representing Ose Constituency.
Speaking to reporters after the plenary sitting, Festus Akingbaso representing Idanre Constituency, said that the impeachment notice was unconstitutional, saying it would not stand because it did not meet two third of the house members required by law.
Similarly, Samuel Edamisan representing Irele Constituency stated that the move by the assembly was unconstitutional, adding that it would not work.
The Chairman,House Committee on Information, Gbenga Omole said the ranting from some lawmakers was needless, noting that the impeachment order is a process which does not require two third of the members of the assembly.
He said “In fact only nine members of the 26 members are needed to signed the impeachment move
Omole added that only few reporters were allowed into the assembly chamber in order to follow Covid-19 guidelines.
Adewale Williams- Adewinle representing Ondo West 2 described the assembly’s attempt to impeach the deputy governor was a manipulated affair.
All members of the assembly were present except, Favour Tomomewo representing Ilaje Constituency 2, who is only a female lawmaker in the assembly.
Security at the Assembly premises was tight as there was presence of police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC).
There was palpable apprehension that there may be impeachment of the state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently defected to the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
It was however learnt that the embattled Deputy Governor had filed a suit in Court to stop his impeachment process.