Plot to impeach Ondo Deputy Gov. Ajayi thickens - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Monday, July 6, 2020

Plot to impeach Ondo Deputy Gov. Ajayi thickens

There are indications that the impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi might commence today Monday at the hallowed chamber of the Ondo State House of Assembly.
This followed the running battle between the embattled Deputy Governor Ajayi and his boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu resulting in alleged conclusion of arrangements for his impeachment.
The sudden recall of the 26 members of the Ondo State House of Assembly who had been on recess appears to have been prompted by the alleged plot.
The Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Bode Adeyelu had in a short message sent to the legislators directed them to ensure compliance with the directive given by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun.
The message reads, “This is to inform all Honourable Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly that following the expiration of your RECESS on Friday, 3rd July, 2020, l have been directed by the Rt. Honourable Speaker Oleyelogun Bamidele David to enjoin you to resume for Legislative duties on Monday, 6th July, 2020.
“All Honourable members are to please treat this information as very important.”
According to one of the legislators who craved anonymity, top on the agenda of what will be deliberated at the floor of the House will be the trending issues in the state, particularly the deputy governor’s saga.
The source added that it is likely that the Assembly might initiate impeachment proceedings against Ajayi.
Ajayi had accused Governor Akeredolu of enticing each law maker with the sum of ten million Naira in a bid to meet the constitutional requirement of two-third majority,  that is about 18 out of the 26 lawmakers in the state in order for the impeachment to scale through.
African Parliamentary News recalls that Ajayi had about two weeks ago, defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to run for the governorship ticket of the Party, insisting that he will not resign his position as deputy governor.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had in 2007, successfully defected from the PDP to then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to secure the ACN Presidential ticket, a move which survived judicial challenge up to the Supreme Court.  

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