Lawmakers were paid to impeach me, ex-Oyo Deputy Governor, Olaniyan alleges

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Lawmakers were paid to impeach me, ex-Oyo Deputy Governor, Olaniyan alleges

Impeached Oyo State Deputy Governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, on Monday, alleged that some members of the state House of Assembly were bountifully paid to impeach him.

Olaniyan, while speaking through his lawyer, faulted the state Chief Judge, Justice Munta Abimbola, over the constitution of a seven-man panel which recommended his removal from office.

His lawyer, Afolabi Fashanu, SAN, alleged that the panel raised to investigate the allegations raised against him was paid to do what they did.

Fashanu lamented that it was unfortunate that the panel members allowed themselves to be compromised and used to do a dirty job.

The statement reads: “The investigation by the committee set up by the Honourable Chief Judge is a charade that cannot stand the test of time. In the first instance, the Honourable Chief Judge, with respect, breached his oath of office by ignoring the service of notice of appeal and application for injunction pending appeal when he proceeded to constitute the investigation committee.

“This is against established law and practice. On the part of the panel, they were appointed and paid to do bodge job, which must be contrary to good conscience.

“They served the Deputy Governor on Friday around 10:45 am and asked him to appear at 11.am. We wrote to inform them that His Excellency needed time to prepare for his defence, in their desperation to do the job for which they were paid, they rejected the letter, sat on Saturday and completed their task the same day.

“Where is the fairness here? The members of the committee are supposed to be men above board. You have a Reverend father, a Jerusalem Pilgrim, and an Alhaji among them. This is a clear evidence that we are not yet ripe for democratic practice.” He bemoaned.

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