The Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu has rejected calls by the state house of assembly to open a judicial panel of inquiry into the allegations levelled against the deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi.
Justice Akeredolu in a letter to the assembly faulted the impeachment process declaring that the request made by the House for the constitution of a seven-man probe panel didn’t meet the constitutional requirement.
According to her, the request violated Section 188 (5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
She also stated that the house failed to fulfil the constitutional requirements as stipulated in Section 188 (1), (2) (a), (b).
The letter read in part: “In view of the foregoing, the Honourable Members of the House of Assembly have not completed the constitutional process that would lead your very good self to invite my humble self to set up a panel of seven to investigate allegations of gross misconduct as stipulated in the Constitution.
“Furthermore, I wish to bring to your notice the copy of the letter which I received earlier today from Kayode Olatoke (SAN), which letter tells me clearly that the matter of impeachment of Hon. Alfred Agboola Ajayi, Deputy Governor of Ondo State is sub judice,” she added.
14 members of the assembly had on Tuesday served an impeachment notice on the deputy governor, over a seven-count allegation of misconduct levelled against him.