…Write State Chief Judge On Need To Adhere To Constitutional Provisions
The crisis in the executive arm in Ondo State ovee the plot to impeach Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi tookS a new turn as 9 members of the state House of Assembly have written to the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, dissociating themselves from the ongoing impeachmrnt plan.
The 9 lawmakers are Rt. Hon. Iroju Ogundeji the Deputy Speaker; Hon. Jamiu Sulaiman Maito; Hon. Rasheed Olalekan Elegbeleye; Hon. Tomide Leonard Akinribido and Hon. Samuel Edamisan Ademola.
Others are Hon. Favour Semilore Tomomewo; Hon. Festus Akingbaso; Hon. Adewale Williams Adewinle and Hon (Barr.) Torhukerhijo Success.
In the open letter, the lawmakers said they were notifying the Chief Judge based on the plans by the leadership of the House to suspend some of them in order to carry out the illegal act.
They said, “Kindly be informed that the 9 underlisted elected honourable members of the Ondo State House of Assembly has duly dissociated ourselves from the ongoing impeachment process of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Hon. Agboola Alfred Ajayi, in a letter dated 7th July, 2020 to the Clerk and the and the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, herewith attached.
“We want to state and confirm to your good office that we maintain our stand by dissociating ourselves from the impeachment process. We are not in support of the impeachment based on our individual personal conviction.
“We are rest assured that your Lordship will uphold Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), particularly Section 188(3)(4)(5) – (11).
“It is equally worthy of note that the total membership of Ondo State House of Assembly is 26, in which 2/3 is 18 and this remains the constitutionally required number irrespective of any arbitrary suspension.
“We are writing to call your attention to the fact that all or some of us who are signatories to this letter may be suspended in order to circumvent the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria, which we all swore to uphold and protect, including your honourable Lordship, as this will be contrary to the laws of the land.”