Ondo Deputy Governor commences battle to scale impeachment

Suspense fills the air, and tensions rise as members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have commenced an impeachment process against the Ondo Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi

Following Ajayi’s recent defection from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it was reported that members of the House of Assembly had been meeting consistently to draw up plans to remove Ajayi from office. 

Upon decampment, Ajayi moved out of his official residence and is rumoured to have a turbulent relationship with the Governor of Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. When questioned on the reason for his departure, he stated that the APC had ‘become a poisoned space’ with one man ‘kneeling on its neck’.

He joined the PDP party; formally welcomed with open arms by its national chairman, Uche Secondus and is expected to compete in the party’s primary ahead of the state’s October gubernatorial election.

The news of plans to impeach Ajayi had met his ears last week, to which the deputy governor had reacted by filing a lawsuit against the House of Assembly over the alleged scheme to remove him from office.

On Tuesday, the plans became definite as 14 members of the Assembly, out of the 26, signed the impeachment notice. However, nine members disassociated themselves from the move; refusing to sign and partake in the impeachment process. 

 

In the document, Assembly members accused Ajayi of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office and petitioned on account of him defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party. 

Nigerians voiced support on the development and stated that it was selfish for Agboola to think he could defect and still retain his seat. They noted that it was in line with “party discipline” to attempt to get him impeached.  Some opined that  Ajayi seems to be showing so much desperation to become governor that he has bitten the hands that fed him; advising the PDP party not to give their ticket to such a man. 

 

 

However, some believed the impeachment would not take place; positing that the fact that nine members had already dissociated means that the Assembly would not be able to garner the necessary amount of people to ensure the impeachment occurs. 

 

 

There were some Nigerians who just seemed to be enjoying the dramatic unfolding of events.

 

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