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Oyo lawmakers impeached state deputy governor, Olaniyan

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The Oyo State House of Assembly on Monday voted to impeach the Deputy Governor of the state, Rauf Olaniyan over allegations of misconduct and a series of other misdeeds levelled against him.

The deputy governor was impeached around 11:00 am by the lawmakers after considering the report of the judicial panel of enquiry set by the state chief judge.

The report of the panel set up to investigate him was read by the Majority Leader of the House, Sanjo Adedoyin, from Ogbomoso.

The deputy governor was found culpable and indicted on the allegations and complaints levelled against him.

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The Assembly approved Olaniyan’s removal from office leaning on section 188 (9) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

Olaniyan was elected in 2019 on a joint ticket with the incumbent Governor Seyi Makinde on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but recently defected to the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state after he fell out with the governor.

Olaniyan had in June dragged the Oyo Assembly to court over the impeachment move against him by the lawmakers.

The deputy governor was represented in court by his counsel, Afolabi Fashanu in the case which came up before Justice Ladiran Akintola at the Oyo State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan, on June 28.

The judge ordered that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, and the Clerk of the House be put on notice before he adjourned the matter to June 29.

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