Members of the Ondo state House of Assembly have impeached the state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi over purported allegations of gross misconduct.
During the impeachment exercise held early 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 Aladetan.
The House claimed Olanusi violated section 188 (9) of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution .
The House acted on the report of a 7-man panel set up by the state Chief Judge, Olasehinde Kumuyi and headed by Retired Chief Magistrate, Olatunde Stanley Adeniyan which 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 Hon Jumoke Akindele 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.
Meanwhile, the House of Assembly has ratified the appointment of Mr Lasisi Oluboyo as the new Deputy Governor with immediate effect.
The ratification of Oluboyo as deputy Governor followed the submission of his name by the Governor to the House and its ratification by the committee on appointment.
The new Deputy Governor who hails from IKARE, Akoko was the state Commissioner for Agriculture.