Nine members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have dissociated themselves from the impeachment process initiated by their other colleagues against the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi, on Tuesday.
Ondo State House of Assembly had earlier on Tuesday served impeachment notice on Ajayi.
The lawmakers took the decision to impeach Ajayi at the plenary session presided over by the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun.
But the nine lawmakers in a one-page letter entitled, “Dissociation from Impeachment Process of Ondo State Deputy Governor, H.E Hon. Alfred Agboola Ajayi,” and addressed to the Assembly’s Speaker, Bamidele Oloyelogun, said they had resolved not to partake in the process to remove the deputy governor from office.
They added in the statement obtained by First News that it had become imperative for them to notify the Speaker and the general public that they did not support Ajayi’s impeachment and would not want to be associated with it “based on personal conviction.”
The statement reads, “We the underlisted elected honourable members of the 9th session of the Ondo State House of Assembly hereby append our signatures to clarify that we have resolved not to partake in the impeachment process of the Ondo State Deputy Governor, H.E Hon Agboola Ajayi.
“In view of the above, we hereby bring to the notice of Mr. Speaker, Rt. Hon Bamidele David oloyelogun, the entire Honourable members of the Ondo State House of Assembly and the general public that we do not support the impeachment process and would not want to be associated with it based on personal convictions.”
The nine lawmakers who signed the letter include Hon. Iroju Ogundeji, Jamiu Sulaiman Maito, Rasheed Olalekan Elegbeleye, Tomide Leonard Akinribido, Samuel Edamisan Ademola, Favour semilore Tomomewo, Festus O. Akingbaso, Adewale Martins Adewale, and Torhukerhijo Success.