Ondo chief judge rejects assembly's request to set up probe panel against Ajayi

Ondo chief judge rejects assembly's request to set up probe panel against Ajayi

- Moves by some Ondo state House of Assembly members to impeach the state's deputy governor has been stalled

- Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, chief judge of Ondo state, says the whole process is illegal

- The deputy governor had declared that the plot by some members of the state house of assembly to impeach him will fail

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Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, chief judge of Ondo state, has rejected a request letter to set up a probe panel from the state's House of Assembly.

The panel was expected to investigate the state's deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, over allegations of gross misconduct.

Ondo chief judge rejects assembly's request to set up probe panel against Ajayi

The deputy governor's ordeal started after he defected to the PDP. Photo credit: PDP media
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Speaker of the Ondo state House of Assembly, Honourable Bamidele Oleyelogun, had on Thursday, July 9 written to the chief judge to set up a seven-man panel to investigate Ajayi.

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The chief judge, however, declined to assent to the request, stating her position on why the letter was rejected.

Justice Akeredolu reminded the speaker that the deputy governor must be served an impeachment notice by not less than one-third of the lawmakers.

She also noted that the notice served to him must state that he is guilty of gross misconduct in his performance in office, and must specifically state the misconduct.

She went on to say he must be given 14 days to respond to the allegations.

Political watchers in the state say the deputy governor's rising profile in politics is a source for concern by his opponents, hence, the attempt to force him out of office using the Ondo Assembly lawmakers.

Ajayi’s political sojourn began with his appointment as a supervisor for agriculture for Ese-Odo local government between 1999 and 2001. He was appointed again as a supervisor for works and transport for Ese-Odo local government between 2001 and 2003.

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He was appointed the caretaker chairman of Ese-Odo local government between 2003 and 2004.

Agboola’s political journey took another dramatic turn in 2007 when he was elected to the Federal House of Representatives to represent the Ilaje/Ese-Odo federal constituency.

While at the National Assembly, Agboola Alfred Ajayi served as the chairman House committee on NDDC between 2007 and 2010.

Recall that the deputy governor had declared that the plot by some members of the state house of assembly to impeach him won't succeed.

Ajayi made the comment when he spoke to Sahara Reporters on Monday, July 6.

He said he had yet to be served the impeachment notice by the state lawmakers, adding that he considers the impeachment notice as a rumour.

The deputy governor's legal team had on Monday, July 6, filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking to halt the impeachment proceeding and enforce his fundamental right of association.

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While the back and forth between the governor and his deputy was ongoing, Ifedayo Abegunde resigned as the Secretary to the Ondo State Government.

Abegunde popularly known as Abena resigned his appointment as the SSG on Monday morning, July 6.

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