By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State House of Assembly has suspended the embattled Chairman of Osogbo South Local Council Development Area, Hon. Abdulhakeem Olaoye for two months.
The Assembly also rejected the vote of no confidence passed on the Chairman of Olorunda Local Government of the state, Hon. Munirudeen Anisu.
Speaking at the plenary after receiving the report and recommendations of the joint Committees on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Judiciary, Legal Matters, Public petitions and Human Rights also directed the Chairman to handover to the Vice-Chairman for a period of the two months.
He explained that after the joint Committees of the House investigated and examined the various allegations levelled against the chairman of Osogbo South via-a-vis his response, he was found wanting of the allegations of gross misconduct.
According to the Speaker, “The Chairman, having failed to comply with section 3, 4A (iv) and (v) of the “Guidelines for the Administration of Local Government Areas, Local Council Development Areas, Area Councils and Administrative offices in the State of Osun, 2018” should vacate his office for a period of two months beginning from Monday 13th January 2020 to 12th March 2020.
“The suspension doesn’t remove the chairman as a Parliamentarian, he is still representing his people as a councillor, the Vice-Chairman will be there in acting capacity, after the expiration of the suspension, the chairman will return to his position as the chairman”.
Reacting to the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the chairman of Olorunda, Owoeye stated that there was no credible evidence to pass a vote of no confidence on the chairman.
The Speaker held that the purported notification of vote of no confidence passed on Hon. Anisu is retroactive and incurably bad, saying the date of the notification is at variance with the date the Councillors purportedly held plenary.
He noted that the House also rejected the vote of no confidence on the chairman of Olorunda because the four out of the eighth Parliamentarians who passed it could not provide credible evidence that they held any plenary sitting after the resolution of the House of Assembly passed on Monday 6th January, 2020 among other findings of the joint Committees of the House.