deputy-governorMembers of the Ondo State House of Assembly have impeached the Deputy Governor, Ali Olanusi, and cleared his successor, Alhaji Lasis Oluboyo.
Olanusi was impeached by 22 of the 26 lawmakers over a seven-count charge of gross misconduct.
House Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, moved the motion for the impeachment of Olanusi, which was seconded by the House Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Oyebo Aladetan.
Olanusi was impeached after the seven-man panel chaired by a retired Chief Magistrate, Olatunji Adeniyan, submitted the report of its investigation to the Assembly.
The panel found him guilty of all charges of gross misconduct levelled against him.
Thereafter, the Speaker, Hon. Jumoke Akindele, ordered immediate return of all government property in the possession of the deputy governor to the Office of the Permanent Secretary in the Government House.
After Olanusi’s impeachment, Akindele ordered the Clerk of the House to read the nomination letter for a new deputy governor sent to the House by Governor Olusegun Mimiko for approval and confirmation.
Upon the letter being read and adopted by the majority of the lawmakers, the Speaker ordered the House Committee on Screening, Selection and Approval to screen the nominee.
A few minutes later, the Deputy Speaker, Hon, Dare Emiola, who headed the committee, told the House that since it was not proper for vacuum to exist in governance, the panel had completed its screening of the deputy governor-designate.
Emiola said the Oluboyo (nominee), until yesterday, the commissioner for agriculture, had been screened twice by the House in 2011 and 2013, declaring that he answered all the questions correctly and was therefore recommended for the post.
The Majority Leader, Hon Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, who represents Ondo West Constituency 11 moved the motion for the approval of Oluboyo as the deputy governor of the state and was seconded by Hon. Fatai Olotu, who represents Akoko North-East in the House.
The Speaker thereafter confirmed Oluboyo as the new deputy governor of the state.
Oluboyo was born on March 3, 1962 and until his new appointment had served as the Commissioner for Natural Resources in 2011 and appointed as Commissioner for Agriculture in 2013.
At the swearing-in at the Cocoa Conference Hall, Governor’s Office, Akure, by State Chief Judge, Olaseinde Kumuyi, Governor Mimiko commended the House for the way and manner the issue of the impeached deputy governor and the appointment of new one was handled.
The governor said that the state appreciated the efforts of the lawmakers for recognising the need that no vacuum should be allowed in the governance of the state.
He promised that the new deputy governor and the State Executive Council, SEC, will cooperate with him and continue to act as one body for the development of the state.
In his response, Oluboyo thanked the governor for the opportunity given to him to serve the people of the state as the deputy governor.
He assured Mimiko that his loyalty will be 100 percent, saying that somebody from Akoko has disappointed the governor but his case will be different.
“Honestly, as a Muslim, I will uphold the tenets of Islam in discharging my duties as the deputy governor of the state and l will not hide anything from you sir,” he pledged.

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