Oyo Assembly Formally Impeach Deputy Governor

Rauf Olaniyan

The Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has finally been impeached by members of the State House of Assembly after he was accused of misconduct and a series of other allegations.

Olaniyan was impeached by members of the House of Assembly on Monday around 11:00 am.

The report of the panel set up to investigate him was read by the Majority Leader of the House, Sanjo Adedoyin, from Ogbomoso.

The House found the deputy governor culpable and indicted of all allegations and complaints levelled against him.

The Assembly approved Olaniyan’s removal from office leaning on section 188 (9) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

Olaniyan was elected in 2019 on a joint ticket with the incumbent Governor Seyi Makinde on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party but recently defected to the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Olaniyan had dragged the Oyo Assembly to court in June over the impeachment move against him by the lawmakers.

The deputy governor was represented in court by his counsel, Afolabi Fashanu (SAN) in the case which came up before Justice Ladiran Akintola at the Oyo State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan, on June 28.

The judge ordered that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, and the Clerk of the House be put on notice before he adjourned the matter to June 29.

But on July 6, despite the order by the Oyo State High Court restraining the state House of Assembly from going ahead with the impeachment process against Olaniyan, the Assembly directed the Chief Judge of the state to set up a seven-man panel to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct against the deputy governor.

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This was contained in a motion jointly moved by the Majority leader, Hon Sanjo Onaolapo, and Hon Akintunde Olajide during the plenary.

Meanwhile, in a judgment delivered on July 14, the judge held that the impeachment move initiated by the lawmakers had not violated the constitution in any way, thereby dismissing the suit.

According to the court, the lawmakers substantially complied with the provisions of Section 188 of the Constitution on the removal process.

The court then gave approved that the lawmakers can continue with the impeachment process.


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