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Aregbesola’s Impeachment: Tension In Osun As Judge Appears Before Committee

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 2:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti  – Osogbo


Tension heightened in Osun State as Justice Folahanmi Oloyede of the State High Court will today appear before the investigative committee probing alleged mismanagement of public funds leveled against Governor Rauf Aregbesola.


Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Justice Oloyede had been summoned by the 7-man investigative committee headed by the Deputy Speaker,  Adegboye Akintunde to appear before the committee to substantiate his claim and call for the commencement of the impeachment process by the State Assembly against Governor Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori.

The petition challenging the continued in office by Governor Aregbesola by Justice Oloyede had generated intensed controversies especially between the ruling and opposition parties.

This is coming even as Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of preventing Aregbesola from investigation by anti-gtaft agencies over what it called criminal financial mismanagement.

The group’s chairman, Adeniyi Sulaiman while addressing newsmen in Osogbo yesterday said, “we are surprised that despite the fact the Oloyede’s petition was sent to the EFCC and ICPC about two months ago, these agencies of the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari have refused to respond to this matter of urgent public interest which has led to the death of many citizens from extreme poverty occasioned by the governor’s failure to pay salaries, pensions and cooperative deductions thereby killing commercial activities and threatening the security of lives and properties in the state.

On the invitation of Justice Oloyede by the lawmakers probing the allegation, the group said it had information that the committee had reached a conclusion to declare that Oloyede is mentally unfit adding that the assembly was a rubber stamp of Aregbesola and “we cannot expect fair hearing from the comiitee.

The group however asked the assembly to make its sitting open to the public and not in secret.

Ahead of Justice Oloyede’s appearance, source revealed that the state police command and SSS had concluded arrangements to beef up security in the assembly to avoid disruption of the hearing.

It was gathered that some opposition may besiege the assembly premises to show their solidarity to Justice Oloyede for having the gult to challenge Governor Aregbesola over the state of finance in the state.

Since the petition had been written, the opposition has been using it as opportunity to get at Governor Aregbesola’s administration in the state especially concerning the unpaid salaries and indebtedness of the state.

However, the State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked its members to shun the assembly over Justice Oloyede’s appearance.