Tension in Ondo as Lawmakers serve Deputy Governor impeachment notice

 Agboola Ajayi, Ondo Deputy Governor
Tochi Juliet

Tension in Ondo Assembly as the defected deputy governor of Ondo State Hon Agboola Ajayi was today served impeachment notice by the state House of Assembly over allegation of gross misconduct.

This took place at the plenary session presided over by the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun.

The deputy governor has been at the centre of the event following his resignation from the All Progressives Congress and defection to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Fourteen members of the Assembly signed the impeachment notice on Tuesday afternoon while nine members disassociated themselves from the process. 

Ajayi is accused of abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office and petition for defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party. 

However, one of the members against the impeachment move, Mr Festus Akingbaso,  said the impeachment notice was unconstitutional, saying it would not stand because ” it does not meet two-third of the House members required by law.”

Similarly, another member Samuel Edamisan, representing Irele Constituency, stated that the move by the Assembly was unconstitutional, insisting that it would not work.

Agboola Ajayi has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the impeachment process.

Agboola is seeking to retain his position as deputy governor despite leaving the All Progressives Congress to join the Peoples Democratic Party.

He also wants the court to stop the Assembly members from using the Department of State Services and the Ondo Commissioner of Police in intimidating the lawmakers loyal to him in the plan to impeach him. 

A court document filed by Agboola's lawyer

The deputy governor is also praying the court to compel all security agents joined in the suit to pay him the sum of N1bn for breach of his fundamental rights. 

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