Impeachment call: Aregbesola replies Osun judge’s allegations

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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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