Ondo lawmakers serve defected deputy governor, Ajayi, impeachment notice

Agboola Ajayi

A day after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu resumed office after six days in COVID-19 isolation, lawmakers in the Ondo State House of Assembly have served his estranged deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, impeachment notice.

The lawmakers had accused the deputy governor of gross misconduct in office.

The deputy governor who assumed office after winning election on the joint All Progressives Congress (APC) with his boss, had since resigned from the the ruling APC and defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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However, Ajayi’s departure from the party to PDP had been faulted by its leadership and the governor, all who insisted he should vacate his office, even, when he has insisted on remaining in office.

But out of the 26 lawmakers in Ondo Assembly, 14 of them have indicated interest to be part of the impeachment process, while 12 had opted out and made their intention known to the Speaker of the House.

The lawmakers resumed from recess on June 6, with a public notice to members for the House sitting, and are currently in  plenary session with a heavy security presence at the Assembly premises.

Meanwhile, as gathered the embattled deputy governor has moved ahead to stall his impeachment process by filing an application at an Abuja High Court to enforce his fundamental human right to remain in office.

Joined in the suit are the Speaker of the Ondo Assembly, Mr David Oleyeloogun, Inspector General of Police, State Commissioner Of Police amd Department of State Services (DSS).