A serving female Judge in Osun State Judiciary, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi, has petitioned the Osun state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Rauf Aregbesola over unpaid workers’ salaries.
Justice Oloyede is urging the State House of Assembly to impeach Gov. Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Titi Laoye-Tomori, over inability to perform their statutory responsibilities.
The Judge in the petition to the Lawmakers, said that the duo ought not to continue in office in Osun based on their inability to pay workers salaries, pensions and gratuities.
In a 30-page petition, she urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Amnesty International, Transparency International, among others, to investigate allegations of financial recklessness against Aregbesola, his deputy and other officials.
The petition read in part: “I declare that in addition to the media-hype of Osun’s parlous financial condition, I have firsthand experience which constitutes evidence of the unfortunate situation in which Osun currently finds itself. Even Mr Governor has admitted publicly the fact that Osun is in financial quagmire and that he is clueless on how to pull it out of the doldrums.
“Mr Governor’s argument that salaries can only be paid from statutory allocations is also faulty, we demand that he substantiate his claim by giving the section of the law that so provides. In any event, all funds, all allocations and all expenditures are expected to be backed by legislation, and are statutory, otherwise, they are illegal.
“Consequently, the admitted inability of Mr Governor and his deputy to pay pensions, salaries and allowances for periods ranging from eight to 11 months now, as a consequence of their own decision to accumulate debts beyond the capacity of the state internally generated revenue, whilst the very ‘actors’ Mr Governor and his deputy continue to enjoy their security allowances in hundreds of millions, is a violation of their oaths of office.
House of Assembly writes Aregbesola to defend himself
Meanwhile, speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam, on Wednesday, confirmed the receipt of a copy of the petition written by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede against Governor Rauf Aregbesola, over non-payment of salaries.
Speaking with Journalists in the state capital- Osogbo, the speaker said “I can confirm that the assembly received the petition. But, there is an ongoing strike now, therefore, we cannot do anything serious on it.”
According to Salaam, “a copy of the petition had been sent to Governor Aregbesola for him to state his own defence.”
FG should take over Osun State – Labour Party
In a related development, National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), Barr. Kayode Ajulo, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to take over the running of governments in Osun and Benue states over salary crisis rocking the states.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Ajulo said that the federal government should not shy away from taking over the administration of those two states immediately.
He said that the governors’ actions contravened Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution.
“The situation is very unfortunate, it is inexplicable and I am more particular in what’s happening in Osun State. Imagine owing workers up to 8 months salaries and going to 9 months while some are owed 12 months pension.”