ONDO CHIEF JUDGE REFUSES TO SET UP PROBE PANEL TO INVESTIGATE DEPUTY GOVERNOR, GIVES REASONS.
The chief judge of Ondo State, Justice Olarenwaju Akeredolu has declined to set up a seven man panel to probe the embattled deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi.
Fourteen members of the state House of Assembly seeking the removal of the number two man in the state, recently signed an impeachment notice which has been allegedly served the the deputy governor.
The speaker of the assembly also wrote to the CJ of the state requesting her to set up a panel to probe Ajayi.
However, the chief judge of that state, Justice Akeredolu says she cannot do so since all the processes required to be gone through before that had not been met.
She insisted that the house of Assembly had not followed all the constitutional processes required for the speaker to invite her to set up a probe panel.
Justice Akeredolu also said in a letter addressed to the speaker that she received a letter from Kayode Olatoke SAN that the matter of impeachment of Ajayi was subjudice.
According to her, the constitutional processes include that ,
“The Deputy Governor, Hon. Alfred Agboola Ajayi must be served with notice of impeachment signed by not less than one – third of the members of the house of Assembly.
“The notice to be served on him must state that he is guilty of gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office and must specify the particulars of the gross misconduct.
“He must be allowed to respond.
“Within 14 days of receipt of Notice of the Honorable speaker, whether or not the deputy governor responds, the House of Assembly shall pass a resolution supported by two-third majority of all the members of the house of Assembly that the allegation be investigated.”