The Osun State House of Assembly has dismissed the petition by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede seeking for the impeachment of the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, following the recommendation of the 7-man ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the petition.
The lawmakers said that the petition should be dismissed because the petitioner abandoned her claims by refusing to appear before the ad-hoc committee to substantiate the various allegations levelled against the Governor and the Deputy Governor of Osun State in her petition.
The committee also recommended that the state’s Judicial Service Commission should take a disciplinary action against the petitioner, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, a serving judge in the State High Court.
On June 23, 2015, the Osun State House of Assembly received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, urging the House to investigate Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Titi Laoye Tomori for misappropriation of state funds.
Thereafter, the House constituted a 7-man ad-hoc committee with a mandate of two weeks to investigate the allegations levelled against the Governor.
The committee, in the course of the investigation, invited the petitioner to lay credence to her claim, an invitation which she never honoured. Instead of her appearing before the committee, her legal team showed up claiming that the response of the Governor to the petition had not been forwarded.
The lawmakers then said that based on available facts, the committee has recommended that the petition against Governor Aregbesola be dismissed on the grounds that it was an embodiment of emotions and laden with political undertone among others.
Speaker of the House, Najeem Salaam, while commenting on the report and its recommendations, pointed out that although the petitioner’s action was against judiciary etiquette , the House took it upon itself to investigate her claims, in order to honour her right to freedom of expression.
The Speaker also made it clear that the report of the 7-man ad-hoc committee and all the other petitions received by the House against Justice Folahanmi Oloyede would be presented to the EFCC and ICPC.