Just in: Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan impeached

The Oyo State House of Assembly, on Monday, during its plenary, finally impeached the embattled deputy governor Engr. Rauf Olaniyan over allegations bordering on misconduct and misuse of office.

It would be recalled that the State Assembly led by Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin had directed the Oyo state Chief Judge, Justice Muntar Abimbola, to constitute a panel to look into the allegations levelled against him.

Following the submission of the report of the seven-man committee constituted by the CJ, which indicted the deputy governor, the house agreed to impeach him based on allegations levelled against him.

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It was gathered that the state assembly acted within the confines of the law, adopting the recommendation of the seven-man panel.

According to the report of the panel as read on the floor of the House of the Majority leader, Honourable Sanjo Adedoyin, the deputy governor, at different intervals during the course of the investigation, failed to honour the invitation sent to him to appear before it thereby compelling the panel to make unnecessary adjournment.

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Recall that Justice Ladiran Akintola of an Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan last week dismissed the suit filed by the deputy governor of the state to stop the state House of Assembly from continuing with the impeachment process.

Delivering the judgment last week, July 14, the court held that the House of Assembly has not breached the provisions of the constitution on the removal of a governor or deputy governor.

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According to the court, the lawmakers substantially complied with the provisions of Section 188 of the Constitution on the removal process.

The court said the lawmakers should continue with the removal process.

It would be recalled that the Oyo Deputy Governor, Olaniyan was alleged of financial impropriety, gross misconduct, abandonment of office, insubordination, and abuse of office, among others.

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