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Ondo gets new deputy governor as Olanusi is impeached

Impeached Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alli Olanusi
Impeached Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alli Olanusi

The 7-man panel constituted by the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi to investigate allegations of misconduct levelled against the Deputy Governor of the state, Alli Olanusi has submitted its report, finding Olanusi guilty on most of the charges.

Subsequently, the House of Assembly, Monday morning, impeached the deputy governor, who had last month caused a stir when he announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Following the impeachment of Olanusi, the Ondo House of Assembly also moved to swear-in the commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Lasisi Oluboyo as the new Deputy Governor of the state.

Olanusi’impeached by 24 out of the 26 law makers who make up the assembly, followed an indictment by the panel constituted to find out his culpability in the nine allegations which included gross misconduct, absenteeism and financial misappropriation.

The motion was first moved Tuesday last week during which the assembly directed that the notice of impeachment be served on the deputy governor who was reported to have travelled out of the country earlier for medical check-up. The notice was however posted on the wall of his official residence.

It would be recalled that last week the Ondo State House of Assembly, had directed the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi to immediately set up a panel to look into the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor.

The seven-man panel, with Mr Olatunji Stanley Adeniyan as Chairman, was inaugurated in Akure, the state capital on Thursday and completed the assignment on Friday, with a motion to proceed with impeachment proceeding moved by early Morning.

Other members of the panel are: Mr Aladesanmi Akingbade, Barr. Ademola Ekundayo, Ven. Richard Obafemi, Mr Abraham Kola Mathew, Alhaji Ibrahim Shodeinde and Mrs Eunice Yinka Obadele.

The lawmakers hinged their decision to impeach the deputy governor over allegations of gross misconduct, financial misappropriation, absenteeism from official duties and allegedly causing political disaffection in the cabinet of the state government.

Counsel to Alhaji Olanusi, Mr. Benson Enikuomehin had challenged the competence of the panel to investigate his client since he was not available to be served with the impeachment notice but the panel ruled that from information available to it, he was sufficiently served.

After the impeachment, a letter from the Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko nominating the commissioner for agriculture, Mr. Lasisi Oluboyo who hails from the same area, Akoko with Alhaji Olanusi as a new deputy governor was read and immediately passed by the assembly. He was immediately sworn in at the Cocoa Conference Center of the Governor’s office.

Alhaji Olanusi, who was picked as deputy governor in 2007 contested with Dr Mimiko during the 2012 election, deflected to the All Progressives Congress, (APC) on the eve of the Presidential election, an action which could have led to his impeachment.

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