Fresh facts have emerged as to reasons why the Ondo State Governor, Arakunri Rotimi Akeredolu has met a brick wall in pushing through the Judicial arm of the state, in his determined bid to punish his estranged Deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, for his disloyal acts.
Late on Thursday, the state Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu literarily threw spanners into the almost perfected impeachment of the Deputy Governor.
Justice Akeredolu had dismissed a letter written by the State House of Assembly requesting for the setting up of a seven-member Investigative Panel to probe the allegation of misconduct, which is the major grouse for which Hon. Ajayi is being slated for impeachment.
In halting the impeachment process, the Chief Judge, in his reply to the Assembly, said the matter of impeachment was already “a subject of litigation” since Agboola had already on Monday approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the impeachment process.
Apart from this, She also said the number of members required to set up such a Probe on motion had not been met, going by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
An inside source at the High Court Complex, Akure gave reasons why the entire Judicial arm can never accept to be used by the Governor for his own personal ambition.
It was learnt that virtually all legal practitioners in the state have openly expressed their disappointment in Akeredolu for not using his status as a legal luminary to transform Judicial processes in the state.
The Governor throughout his almost four years in office is also said not to have advanced the welfare of Judges and other judicial officers in the state.
For instance, many actors in that arm of government are miffed that an overwhelming majority of Judges have no serviceable official car attached to them while the physical ambience of the Courts throughout the state are generally in decrepit state
The source said: Akeredolu thinks he is the only wise man in the state. The way he operates in the state is like he’s running a solo business. He has no time to advance the interest of others. A selfish personality like him will never have his way anywhere “.
Last Tuesday, 14 members of the state House of Assembly had served Agboola an impeachment notice, with nine other members dissociating themselves from the move.
The Chief Judge saw this as a loophole and also exploited this to halt the process.
In an originating summon, the Deputy Governor sought the declaration of the Court to restrain members of the state’s House of Assembly from impeaching him as Deputy Governor.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Eleyelogun, had perfected strategies designed to execute the impeachment move by slamming suspension on at least three legislators in such a way as to meet the required 2/3 needed.
For now, barring any sudden last minute development, Governor Akeredolu can as well forget the idea of an impeachment of his Deputy till, perhaps, the expiration of their joint term which ends on February 23, 2021.