The Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, has rejected a request letter to set up a probe panel from the state’s House of Assembly against the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, over allegations of gross misconduct.
Speaker of the Ondo Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, had on Thursday written to the Chief Judge to set up a seven-man panel to investigate Ajayi with the aim to impeach him from office.
But Justice Oluwatoyin in her response to the letter rejected the request on the grounds that two-third majority as required by the 1999 Constitution for setting up of such a probe panel was not formed in the assembly.
The Chief Judge also said she had received a letter from Ajayi’s lawyers stating that the process of impeachment was sub judice.
Nine of the lawmakers had written to the Chief Judge dissociating themselves from the ongoing plot to remove the deputy governor.