Oyo Assembly makes new move, directs CJ to set up panel to probe Dep Gov, threatens impeachment
- Earlier, Oyo State House of Assembly levelled five allegations against the state Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan
- According to the report, 24 lawmakers signed the petition, which was read during a plenary session
- In a new development, the Assembly has directed the chief judge of the state to begin an investigation into the allegation leveled against Olaniyan
On Wednesday, July 6, the Oyo State House of Assembly directed the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Munta Abimbola, to set up a seven-man panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan.
This followed a motion jointly moved on Wednesday, during the plenary by the majority leader, Sanjo Onaolapo (Ogbomoso South) and Akintunde Olajide (Lagelu) and was approved by the House.
The Assembly directed the panel to report its findings within three months, The Guardian reports.
Olaniyan headed to court earlier
Meanwhile, the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan, on Wednesday, fixed July 26, 2022 for judgment in a matter brought before it by Olaniyan.
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Justice Ladiran Akintola fixed the date after hearing counsel’s originating summons and interlocutory injunctions on the propriety of impeachment proceedings embarked upon by the House.
Oyo lawmakers make strong move to impeach Makinde’s deputy, give reason
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Oyo State House of Assembly has begun an impeachment process against the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan.
Olaniyan recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). After his defection, the ruling party in the state had asked him to resign or be ready to be removed.
The petition by Oyo state lawmakers
The petition was signed by PDP lawmakers in the state. Twenty-four out of the 32 members of the House signed the petition against Olaniyan which was read during plenary on Wednesday.
Court saves popular deputy governor from impeachment
The impeachment of Engr Rauf Olaniyan has been stopped by an Oyo state high court sitting in Ibadan
It was reported that the court, presided by justice Ladiran Akintola stopped any removal process the state assembly may want to initiate.
According to the Court, the status-quo must be maintained pending the hearing of the application for interlocutory injunctions before it.