Oyo assembly impeaches deputy governor
By Taiwo Ajala
Olaniyan’s removal on Monday was no surprise after the state House of Assembly adopted the report of a seven-man panel which was constituted by Munta Abimbola, chief judge of the state, to investigate allegations of misconduct against the deputy governor.
Olaniyan has been battling his removal from office but last week, he lost the battle after the state high court presided over by Justice Ladiran Akintola dismissed the suit filed by him to stop the house from removing him.
In June, Olaniyan, announced he will be leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).
In his ruling, Akintola said the impeachment move initiated by the lawmakers had not violated the constitution.
The state chief judge on Friday constituted the seven-man panel to investigate allegations against Olaniyan.
Amid rumours of Olaniyan’s removal, Makinde had on June 2 named Bayo Lawal, former attorney-general in the state and current chairman of the state housing corporation, as his running mate for the 2023 governorship election. Lawal is also expected to be unveiled as the new deputy governor.