The Oyo State High Court under the ruling of Justice Ladiran Akintola has dismissed the suit filed by the State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, to stop the House of Assembly from removing him from office.
Justice Akintola delivered the judgment on Thursday morning, maintaining that the impeachment process initiated by the lawmakers had not violated the constitution in any way.
The court said the lawmakers significantly complied with the provisions of Section 188 of the Constitution, thereby giving them the go-ahead to continue.
Following Olaniyan’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the House of Assembly dominated by the PDP in June initiated an impeachment move against the deputy governor which twenty-three of them signed.
The House in a letter read by the clerk accused Olaniyan of financial recklessness, gross misconduct, and insubordination among other allegations. Last week, the lawmakers directed the Chief Judge of the state to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations levelled against the deputy governor.
Olaniyan, challenging the impeachment process served on him by the state House of Assembly also filed a suit against the state House of Assembly; the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, and the House Clerk.