The Ondo State deputy governor, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, has been
impeached by members of the state House of Assembly this morning.
Adeniyan, Chairman of the seven-man panel constituted by the Chief
Judge of the State, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi found Olanusi guilty on
allegations of misconduct levelled against him.
It would be
recalled that Ondo lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against the
deputy governor in a move widely believed to be politically motivated.
dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress
days before the March 28 presidential election. His switch was believed
to be one of the reasons PDP lost to APC in the state.
however impeached for ‘gross misconduct, corruption and truancy
contrary to the law of the land’, today directed the Clerk of the
Assembly to serve Olanusi impeachment notice.
At a session
presided over by Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, Majority Leader, Ifedayo
Akinsoyinu, said their action was based on Section 188 (2) of the 1999
Constitution (As amended).
Akinsoyinu’s motion was seconded by Banso Adeyinka.
Seven allegations were levelled against Olanusi. Here are the particulars of the charge as read by Akinsoyinu:
Ali Olanusi, being the holder of the office of the Deputy Governor,
permitted and condoned the perpetration of fraudulent activities in the
office of the Deputy Governor in that Alhaji Bola Idris Olanusi, the
younger brother and Special Assistant in the office of Deputy Governor
procured false LPO’s with the knowledge of Alhaji Ali Olanusi and
obtained EHISO Resources International Limited two trucks of AGO with
forged documents and for personal benefits, thereby putting the office
of the Deputy Governor into disrepute.
“The deputy governor also
disparaged the office of the governor by alleging that the governor
carted away ballot boxes, instigated the killing of people of the state,
disrespected the judiciary, worked against the interest of the
President and he bribed the electorate”.
Olanusi was also accused
of engaging in absenteesim and truancy “by regularly absenting himself
from office, place of work and other official engagements without lawful
excuse or authorisation but generally acting in a manner inconsistent
with the dictates and expectations of the high office of the deputy
governor of a state, thus, undermining the governance process, an act
which amount to gross misconduct under the constitution.
he allowed his security aides to shoot indiscriminately peaceful
protesters along Fiwasaye/Oba Adesida Road in Akure, thus creating
panic, breakdown of law and order, and general sense of insecurity
within the state under the pretence that the said protesters disrupted
his convoy, an act unbecoming of the holder of the office of the deputy
“The deputy governor also collected various sums of
money including N8.1 million, N8.9 million, N10.8 million and N11.3
million for the purpose of traveling for medical purposes and refused to
use the fund for the purpose meant for.
“The deputy governor
engaged in political misconduct by working at cross purposes with the
governor and, thereby, wants to destabilise the government by openly
canvassing the impeachment of the governor”.
The Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, presided at the session.