Impeachment call: Aregbesola replies Osun judge’s allegations

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has responded
to the petition written against him by a serving judge in the
State Judiciary, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem
Salaam, said this in a statement made available to our
correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday by his Chief Press
Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika.

Oloyede, in a petition to the House of Assembly, accused
Aregbesola of financial recklessness and asked the
lawmakers to impeach the governor.

The Speaker, who said earlier that the Assembly had
forwarded the petition to the governor for his response, said
the lawmakers could not do anything until they received the
governor’s response.

Following the receipt of Aregbesola’s defence, the Speaker
asked the judge to prepare to appear before an
investigative committee he had set up on the matter.

The Speaker said the Assembly was now ready to
investigate the allegations, while assuring the people of the
state that their investigation would be a thorough one.

The statement read in parts, “State of Osun House of
Assembly has expressed its readiness to address the
petition sent to it by a judge of the State High Court, Justice
Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede, having obtained the response
of Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the market.

“The detailed response of the state helmsman was
obtained on Tuesday, compelling the parliament to set
machinery in motion on the investigation of allegation of
financial hiccups and her position for the preparation of
impeachment article against the governor among other

“The parliament would be fair and thorough in investigating
all the issues raised with a view to reaching a logical end
that would give all parties concerned sense of justice
without fear or favour.

“I have constituted an investigative committee that will look
into the petition forwarded by Justice Oloyede, and I have
given the committee mandate to interact with Justice
Oloyede in person.

“Justice Oloyede is in the best position to further shed light
on her position as expressed. However, I assure all the
parties concerned that the matter would be treated with
fairness and sense of justice without fear or favour.”

Meanwhile, the Coalition of Groups for Good Governance
has berated the judge for asking the Assembly to impeach

The Chairman of CGGG, Waheed Adediran, said this in a
statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo.

He said, “It is unambiguous that the petition forwarded to
the State of Osun House of Assembly by Justice Folahanmi
Oloyede is not known to law and not capable of initiating
any form of impeachment process what so ever.

“In pursuant to section 188 (1) (2) and section 1 (1) of the
Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the
petition in question is a mere letter that does not deserve
any attention.”

The group also said the governor was not guilty of financial
recklessness leveled against him by the judge.

Adediran explained that the 50 per cent crash in the price of
crude oil and crude oil theft during the regime of former
President Goodluck Jonathan was responsible for the sharp
reduction in revenue allocation to the state.

He said Aregbesola worked hard to raise the state’s
internally generated revenue from N300,000,000 per month
to over N1.6 billion per month, adding that the governor
had done so much to develop the state.

Adediran added that Osun State, which was second to the
last on the allocation ladder, ironically, had the second
largest workforce in the country.

The group urged public servants and other stakeholders in
the state to support Aregbesola’s administration in its
efforts to transform the state into an economically viable

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