Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, the incumbent deputy governor of Oyo State, today resumed at the ministry of environment, where he has been directed to “operate from.
His arrival was said to have caught the staff on duty by surprise.
Olaniyan would not be the first deputy governor to use the office. Late former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala had been redeployed to the ministry shortly after his then-boss, Rashidi Ladoja, was reinstated as governor in 2016 after 11 months outside the state over an impeachment that the Supreme Court later quashed.
While some of his sympathisers commend him for being an “obedient servant”, some criticise him for seeking religious sympathy by placing the Holy Quran on his desk while taking pictures.
It would be recalled that the executive governor, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde had moved Olaniyan’s office to the environment ministry just a few days after he announced his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Meanwhile, the notice of impeachment served him by the Adebo-Ogundoyin-led Oyo State Assembly last Wednesday (June 15) would lapse tomorrow, after a week of grace for him to respond to the five allegations levelled against him.
“The window of response takes immediate effect and lapses on Wednesday, June 22,” Hon Ogundoyin had said.