Ondo deputy governor sues state assembly as 9 lawmakers opt out of impeachment plot

The deputy governor of Ondo state, Agboola Ajayi, has filed a suit before a federal high court in Abuja to stop the alleged impeachment move by the state house of assembly.

The state lawmakers on Tuesday commenced impeachment proceedings against Ajayi on the allegation of gross misconduct..

Ajayi through his counsel, I. Olatoke filed the suit seeking to stop the impeachment process and to enforce his fundamental right of association.

Apart from the house of assembly, other defendants in the suit are the inspector-general of police, the state commissioner of police, Department of State Services (DSS), and David Oleyeloogun, speaker of the assembly.

Meanwhile, nine members of state assembly has opted out of the ongoing impeachment of the deputy governor.

The 9 lawmakers disclosed this in a joint statement on Tuesday, immediately after their counterpart commenced the impeachment proceedings.
In a house of assembly with 26 members, 18 are needed to impeach either governor or deputy governor.

Agboola Ajayi is at loggerheads with the governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu.

He resigned his membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ajayi may be contesting the governorship election with the governor as the PDP granted him waiver to contest in the party’s primary election.

The governor had sacked all the aides attached to Ajayi’s office and his police escort was withdrawn until the inspector-general of police intervened.

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