Aregbesola ’s Impeachment: Osun Assembly Begins Impeachment Proceeding


The Osun state house of assembly on Thursday began impeachment proceedings against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori after a petition by  Justice Folahanmi Oloyede.

Justice Oloyede had asked lawmakers to probe Aregbesola over allegedly mismanagement of state resources which led to workers being denied salaries for over seven months.

Daily Independent reports that speaker of the assembly, Najeem Salaam, at Thursday’s plenary, inaugurated a 7-man Committee that will look into the petition.

Salaam said the committee will work for two week before presenting its finding just as he urged members to work without sentiment towards the governor.

A member of the House, Makinde Oladejo, representing Ife Central in the House,and a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)was however unimpressed with the composition of the probe panel noting that all members were from All Progressives Congress (APC), the same party of the governor.

The members of committee are Owoeye Timothy, Oladoye Folorunso, Adebayo Waseeu, Akinola Olasunkanmi, Ogunsola Oyeleke, Afolabi Olalekan and Adegboye Akintunde (chairman).

Oladejo said: “Though we are not here to serve as opposition, but what are the criteria they used in composing the committee that I did not have? How would you do such a thing without the opposition and the minority leader?

He added: “Though, the majority may have their way, the minority will always have their say.”

The speaker said of the probe: “I acknowledge that the entire world is waiting for what we have to do with the petition forwarded to us by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede. I must disclose to you that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has obliged us his response to the petition and we have constituted a committee to look into the matter with a view to investigating the allegations leveled against him, and I am confident that the honourable men in this committee would do justice to the matter before them without fear or favour.

“Let it be known that we shall treat the petition with all commitment, because it emanates from a serving judge of the state.” 

Saleem said the judge approached the assembly because of the belief she had in its ability to carrying out a probe without prejudice.

Aregbesola’s inability to pay workers’ salaries for almost ten months paralyzed activities in the state as workers embarked on a six-week strike.

The governor blamed the reduced federal allocations from the federal government but workers in the state alleged that the governor had mismanaged state funds for his personal use.

The workers strike was called off last Monday and workers were asked to resume work on Tuesday, but resumed the strike after just one day claiming the government had betrayed their trust.

The government was alleged to have paid just half salary of January to workers which led to another strike.

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