BREAKING: Court Saves Popular Deputy Governor From Impeachment
- Oyo lawmakers have been asked not to impeach the Deputy Governor of the state, Engr Rauf Olaniyan
- The court says status-quo must be maintained pending the hearing of the application for interlocutory injunctions before it
- Recall that Olaniyan had dragged the parties to court to seek an injunction to stop what he described as “faulty process” of his impeachment
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The impeachment of Engr Rauf Olaniyan has been stopped by an Oyo state high court sitting in Ibadan
The Nation reports that he 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.
Recall that the case which came up on Tuesday was adjourned till Wednesday due to the absence of the legal counsel to the Oyo State House of Assembly, the Speaker of the House and Clerk.
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Olaniyan had dragged the parties to court to seek an injunction to stop what he described as “faulty process” of his impeachment.
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.
In the petition, the deputy governor was accused of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office and official duties, insubordination and other offences.
Strong Nigerian governor bursts deputy's bubble, picks new running mate ahead of 2023
Recall that in top-gear preparations for the 2023 general elections, Governor Seyi Makinde has made a serious decision that will hopefully boost his chances of victory.
The young Oyo governor has dropped his deputy, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, as his running mate. To join him in his gubernatorial bid, Makinde chose Barrister Bayo Lawal, the chairman of the State Housing Corporation, as his running mate.
Lawal, as reported, was one of three other persons widely rumoured as possible replacements for the deputy governor.