Oyo State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, directed the state’s Chief Judge to set up a seven-man panel to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan.
This is inspite of the order by the Oyo State High Court restraining the state House of Assembly from going ahead with the impeachment process against Olaniyan.
The directive was contained in joint Motion moved by the Majority leader, Hon Sanjo Onaolapo, and Hon Akintunde Olajide during Wednesday’s plenary.
The panel is expected to submit a report on its findings within three months.
Last week, Justice Ladiran Akintola, had given the restricting order when the case filed by the deputy governor came up for hearing before him.
Justice Akintola had also ruled that the status quo ante be maintained until the determination of the suit filed against the lawmakers by Olaniyan.
He had also ruled that the State Assembly should stop all impeachment proceedings against the deputy governor, pending the court’s decision on the matter.
Last Wednesday, the Oyo lawmakers had read the deputy governor’s reply to the allegations against him last, but had placed a hold on further process regarding his impeachment.
The court had also adjourned the matter till Tuesday, July 5, 2022 and yesterday, the court adjourned again till today for the continuation of the hearing.
But on Wednesday, in a joint Motion moved by the Majority leader, Hon Sanjo Onaolapo and Hon Akintunde Olajide, the Assembly directed the Oyo Chief Judge to set up a seven-man panel to probe the allegation of gross misconduct against Olaniyan.