Ondo State Deputy governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi has been impeached by members of the State House of Assembly this morning April 27th. 22 out of the 26 lawmakers supported the motion for his impeachment which was moved by the majority leader Ifedayo Akinsoyinu from Ondo West 11 and seconded by Olatunji Dauro from Owo 11. The deputy governor has been directed to vacate the government lodge and return all government property in his possession to the permanent secretary in his office.
During an early morning sitting on Monday, the Majority Leader of house of assembly, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu moved the motion for the impeachment of the deputy governor and the motion was swiftly seconded by the Deputy Majority leader of the Assembly, Oyebo Aladatan. The House claimed Olanusi violated section 188 (9) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution . The House had earlier received the report of the 7-man panel set up by the state Chief Judge, Olasehinde Kumuyi.
The panel head by Retired Chief Magistrate, Olatunde Stanley Adeniyan found Alhaji Olanusi culpable of the seven offences levelled against him. 22 members of the Assembly unanimously supported the impeachment and subsequent removal of the Deputy Governor for alleged gross misconduct.
Speaking shortly after the impeachment, the Speaker of the Assembly ordered that all properties in the care of the Deputy Governor be handed over to the Permanent Secretary at the office of the Deputy Governor.
It would be recalled that Alhaji Olanusi decamped to the All Progressives Congress party during the recently concluded general elections in Nigeria.