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Oyo deputy governor takes Assembly to court over impeachment saga

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
29 June 2022   |   2:39 am
Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has taken the House of Assembly to court over the impeachment process being undertaken against him.

Rauf Olaniyan

Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has taken the House of Assembly to court over the impeachment process being undertaken against him.

The state High Court, yesterday, adjourned hearing on the suit till Wednesday, adding that the Speaker and the Clerk should be put on notice.

It would be recalled that Olaniyan had defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, the PDP-dominated Assembly had, few days after, levelled allegations on the deputy governor, asking him to reply within seven days.

Olaniyan’s response, through his lawyers, came within the seven-day timeline given to him by the lawmakers to respond to allegations of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office/official duty, insubordination and other offences.

Chairman, House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju, confirmed that the deputy governor had responded to the Assembly’s petition.

He said the impeachment process could have continued but for the fact that the lawmakers are presently attending a seminar.

Olayanju said: “The deputy governor has responded to the petition, but we suspended plenary because we are presently at a training.

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