Impeachment of Oyo Deputy Governor heightens as CJ constitutes 7-man Investigative Panel

The Oyo State Chief Judge, Justice Munta Abimbola, has constituted a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations levelled against the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, by the State House of Assembly.

This is contained in a statement by Mrs Comfort Udoh, the Information Officer, Oyo State High Court, made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

It would be recalled that the House of Assembly had in June directed Abimbola to constitute a panel to investigate Olaniyan.

The assembly had served the deputy governor with a notice of impeachment over alleged gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, among others.

Abimbola said he constituted the panel by virtue of the power conferred on him by Section 188(5) of the 1999 Constitution.

He said that the delay in inaugurating members of the panel was due to the pending suit against the impeachment of Olaniyan in which judgment was delivered on Thursday.

The Oyo State High Court in Ibadan, had on Thursday dismissed the suit filed by the State Deputy Governor, challenging the moves initiated to impeach him by the state House of Assembly.

In his judgment, Justice Ladiran Akintola held that the 1999 Constitution stipulates the process of removing one from office, adding the originating summons, as filed by the claimant, were purely legislative and not judicial.

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