By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The nine members of the Ondo State House of Assembly who were opposing the illegal arrangements to impeach the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi on Thursday took a step further by writing the Chief Judge of the stat, Justice O.O. Akeredolu, distancing themselves from the impeachment plot.
The letter obtained by Western Post reads, “kindly be informed that nine underlisted elected honourable members of Ondo State House of Assembly have duly disassociated ourselves from the ongoing impeachment process of the Deputy Governor, H.E (HON) Agboola Ajayi in a letter dated 7th July,2020, to the clerk and the Rt Honourable Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly here with attached.
“We want to state and confirm to your good office that we maintain our stand by dissociating ourselves from the impeachment process. We are not in support of the impeachment based on our individual personal conviction.
“We are rest assured that your lordship will uphold section 188 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) particularly section 188 (3)(4)(5)-(11)
“It is equally worthy of note that the total membership of Ondo State House of Assembly is (26) twenty six in which the 2/3 is 18, AND THIS REMAINS THE CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED NUMBER IRRESPECTIVE OF ANY ARBITRARY SUSPENSION.
“We are writing to call your attention to the fact that all or some of us who are signatories to this letter may be suspended in order to circumvent the provision of the Constitution of Nigeria, which we all swore to uphold and protect, including your honourable Lordship, as this will be contrary to the laws of the land.
“Please accept the assurance of our highest consideration.”