The Ondo State government has announced the appointment of the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Lasisi Oluboyo, as the state’s new deputy governor, following the impeachment of Ali Olanusi by the state House of Assembly on Monday morning.
Twenty two of the 26 members of the Assembly supported the impeachment of the Deputy Governor, who recently moved from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The motion for his impeachment was moved by the Majority Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, from Ondo West II and seconded by Olatunji Dauro from Owo II.
The Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, subsequently ruled that the Permanent Secretary of the Deputy Governor’s office retrieve all government property in the custody of the Deputy Governor.
The Assembly had last Tuesday (April 22) served an impeachment notice on Mr. Olanusi.
The Assembly, in the notices signed by 20 of its 26 members, accused the deputy governor of alleged gross misconduct.
Some of the allegations levelled against him include financial misappropriation, absenteeism from official duties and causing disaffection in the state cabinet.
The Majority Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, representing Ondo West Constituency 2, moved the motion, which was seconded by Yinka Banso, representing Akoko North West Constituency.
The Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, presided over that sitting.
The House said its action was in consonance with the 1999 Constitution.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Kunle Olujuigbe, said the process would be transparent.
Olanusi had two days before the March 28 presidential election defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party.
He, alongside his boss, Governor Segun Mimiko, had left the Labour Party, on which platform they were elected, for the PDP.
Only last week, apparently due to his defection to the APC, Mr. Olanusi was assaulted by suspected thugs who tried to stop him from entering the Government House.
Very little is known about Mr. Oluboyo at this time.