- As the plot to impeach Ondo deputy governor continues, nine APC chieftains are allegedly jostling for the seat
- The listed APC chieftains are reportedly interested in replacing deputy governor as well as possibly serve as Akeredolu's running mate for next election
- Meanwhile, amid the race for the replacement, the chief judge of Ondo state has rejected a request letter to set up a probe panel from the state's House of Assembly
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As the plot to impeach the deputy governor of Ondo state, Agboola Ajayi, continues, The Guardian has reported that nine chieftains of the All Progressives Congress are jostling for the seat.
The listed APC chieftains are reportedly interested in replacing Ajayi for the rest of Akeredolu’s remaining days in his first term, as well as possibly serve as Akeredolu's running mate for the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
The newspapers said the contenders have been using their influence and resources to sponsor the impeachment process. Below is the name of the alleged contenders:
1. Mrs Oladunni Odu, ex-commissioner for education and
2. Dr Paul Akintelure, current chairman of Universal Basic Education Board
3. Femi Agagu, commissioner for education
4. Lucky Ayedatiwa
5. Gbenga Edema
6. Olamide Falana
7. Jimi Kuforiji, the deputy chief of staff
8. Wale Akinterinwa, commissioner for finance
9. Yetunde Adeyanju, commissioner for water resources
Meanwhile, amid the race for the replacement, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, the 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 over allegations of gross misconduct.
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.
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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