By Tope Adedeji, Akure
All efforts by the Ondo State House of Assembly members loyal to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to impeach the state’s Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi suffered a setback on Tuesday morning.
A total of 14 members signed the notice but this is not up to the 2/3rd needed to remove the deputy governor following the provision in the 1999 Constitution.
Following his disagreements with Governor Akeredolu, Ajayi recently decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Nine members backed out of the impeachment exercise on Tuesday…See attached video
Out of 26 members in the house, the nine members loyal to the deputy governor stopped the 14 other members present at assembly from initiating the impeachment process.
It was a thug of war between supporters of the state governor and those of the deputy governor.
In the end, the latter concluded that the deputy cannot be impeached.
It would be recalled that the deputy governor had served the House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun, a court order, restraining the members of the assembly from impeaching the deputy based, claiming such would be an infringement on his fundamental human rights.
However, the proceedings and the process are expected to continue on Wednesday.