There were reports the Ondo deputy governor was to be impeached.
The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, on Monday stated that there was no plan to impeach his deputy, Ali Olanusi, contrary to speculations.
Mr. Mimiko gave the clarification while speaking with journalists in his office, stating that there was no truth in the report that the House of Assembly was moving to impeach the deputy governor on account of ill health.
The governor said he was disturbed when some of his friends outside Nigeria called him that they heard it on the British
Broadcasting Corporation that his deputy was about to be impeached.
“As I am talking to you now, Alhaji Ali Olanusi remained the deputy governor of Ondo State and there is no plan to impeach him,” he said.
The governor’s clarification also coincided with the statement of the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Dare Emiola, and
that of the Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on
Information, Oyebo Aladetan.
Mr. Aladetan said the report must have been out of the imagination of the writer because there was no time such was tabled for discussion on the Assembly floor.
Mr. Emiola, who is from the same Akoko South West Local Government Area as the deputy governor, said the House had been on recess for over two
weeks and such was not discussed before the Assembly went on recess.
The impeachment reports claimed that the deputy governor was very sick, leading many people to believe that he could no longer cope with the demand of the office.
Some of the reports even stated that the deputy governor had been advised to resign to pave way for a younger and agile person, which he did not agree to and which led to speculations that the state wanted to adopt the constitutional means to remove him.