- The deputy governor of Oyo state, Mr. Rauf Olaniyan has approached the high court in Oyo in a bid to stop the impeachment process against him
- Recall that some of the state lawmakers have vowed to impeach him following his defection to the opposition APC
- Olaniyan was accused of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office on official duty, insubordination and other offences
The embattled deputy governor of Oyo state, Mr. Rauf Olaniyan, has approached an Oyo High Court to stop the process instituted by the House of Assembly against him.
Twenty-four out of the 32 members of the State House of Assembly had, in a petition, accused the deputy governor of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office on official duty, insubordination and other offences.
This process, according to petitioners, was in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended in 2011 Section 188.
Investigation revealed, however, that the deputy governor had responded to all the allegations raised in the petition through his legal counsel.
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The deputy governor was represented in court by his legal counsel, Chief Afolabi Fashanu, SAN.
Adjourning the case, the court ordered that the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin and the clerk be put on notice about the litigation.
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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.
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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.
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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.