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Impeachment Saga: Osun Assembly Sets Up Ad-hoc Committee

The State House of Assembly yesterday inaugurated an adhoc committee to investigate the petition forwarded to the House by a serving judge in the state, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede , calling for the impeachment of the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy over alleged misappropriation of the state fund.

Constituting the committee at the hallowed chamber of the House, the Speaker, Hon. Najeem Salaam said the committee which is made up of 7-man would look into the matter with a view to investigating the allegations levelled against the governor. But the composition was not acceptable to the two members of the opposition from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) because all the members of the committee are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking with journalists shortly after the composition, the Minority Leader representing Ife Central, Hon. Makinde Oladejo who expressed dissatisfaction with the composition said that APC was planning to subvert and manipulate the outcome of the committee.

His words: “We are not satisfied with the composition of the investigation committee and I couldn’t talk during the briefing because the rule of the house do not allow for interruption while the speaker speaks. “ What are the criteria used in nominating these people. Are they saying that the two of us from PDP are not competent? Something is fishing in the composition.

The Speaker said that we have not been indoctrinated properly with the Assembly rules, what of a new member from the APC in the committee? I as a member of the Assembly has Master in Law, are those in the committee better than I do? “We are not here to act as opposition but to act for the good of the people of the state.

The minority too should have their say. So, we have no confidence in the committee.” Earlier, the speaker had been asked why there was no member of the opposition party in the committee, he said the committee should comprise of experienced hands and not new members in the house.

According to him, “there is no way a new member will know the nitty-gritty and experience of how to report back to the house on the petition.

Moreover, the house is one not minding that we come from different political parties; we do not see them as opposition and I am sure they don’t see themselves as such.” Salaam who disclosed that the governor has obliged the house by responding to the petition assured the people of Osun State that the petition shall be treated with all commitment and would be timely in submission.

The committee which is chaired by the deputy speaker, Mr. Adegboye Akintunde has Owoeye Timothy, Adebayo Wasiu, Ogunsola Adeleke, Olalekan Rasheed, Akinola Adufe and Oladoyin Folorunso as members.

Also, the Director of Legislative Matters and a Director of Legal Services in the state would join the committee and serve as its secretariat. The committee has two weeks to submit its findings to the Assembly for further consideration.

  – Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo

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