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Ondo lawmakers serve Mimiko’s deputy impeachment notice

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 6:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Akintomide



The Ondo State House of Assembly on Tuesday, served impeachment notice on the embattled deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi for alleged gross misconducts.

The impeachment notice contained nine impeachment offences leveled against the seventy-five years old politician who defected to opposition All Progressives Congress  (APC) on the eve of the March 28 Presidential poll.

Some of the nine allegations leveled against Olanusi included; financial misappropriation, absenteeism from official duties, allegedly causing political disaffection in the cabinet of the state government.

The motion for impeachment notice signed by 20 out of 25 members of the House was moved by the majority leader, Mr. Ifedayo Akinsoyinu from Ondo West State Constituency 2 and it was seconded by Mr. Yinka Banso from Akoko NorthWest Constituency 1.

At a Plenary session of the House in the hallowed chambers of the Assembly Complex in Akure, the state capital, the business of the day presided over by the Speaker, Mrs. Jumoke Akindele said the action was in line with the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The state deputy governor had last month before the Presidential poll, dumped the PDP for the APC and since then he had been at logger head with his boss, Gov. Olusegun Mimiko.

Olanusi who hails from Supare-Akoko in Akoko South-West council area, was a former PDP state chairman during late Olusegun Agagu administration but dumped the party in 2006 at the build-up to the 2007 governorship election, where he was eventually picked as running mate to Mimiko on the platform of Labour Party (LP).

He has been the deputy governor since February 24, 2009 when an Appeal Court in Benin, Edo State that sat over Mimiko’s petition against the re-election of Agagu in April 14, 2007 upheld the tribunal judgement that earlier sacked Agagu.

Olanusi moved with his boss, Mimiko when the later dumped the LP for PDP in October 2014 after it was widely rumoured that he (Olanusi) planned to defect to PDP without the consent of his boss.

It was gathered that the move by the deputy governor came to the notice of Mimiko few months ago, but the governor decided to leave the older politician to decide his own faith.

The Deputy Governor in a statement he personally signed and copy of which was made available to Daily Independent in Akure, the state capital, said his decision to join the APC was in line with the call by his followers across the state.

“In the unfolding political development in our country today, and in Ondo State in particular, it is increasingly clear that I need to chart a new course for majority of my followers who look up to me for direction and leadership and who have watched helplessly in the last six years, the untold marginalisation and total exclusion from the government they laboured to put in place.”