Impeachment: Ondo panel ends sitting, promises fairness
The seven-man investigative panel set up to look into allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, at the weekend concluded its sitting and promised to be fair and just to all parties in its final report.
Chairman of the panel, Mr. Olatunji Adeniyan, while speaking at the end of the sitting of the panel after counsel representing Alhaji Olanusi and the House of Assembly had made their submissions, said the panel would not allow the interest of any individual to influence its decision.
In his final address, counsel to the House of Assembly, Mr. Akinlaja, said the oral and documentary evidence at the hearing backed the claims that Olanusi was guilty of the seven allegations levelled against him.
Chairman of the panel said the panel would communicate its resolutions to the House of Assembly.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cried foul over the sitting of the panel, accusing the leadership of the state judiciary and members of the panel of receiving bribe from the state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to manipulate the outcome of the sitting in their favour.
In a statement made available to journalists in Akure yesterday, the party's Publicity Secretary, Mr. Abayomi Adesanya, said: 'We have it on good authority that each member of the panel was bribed. The panel is acting a script from the governor.
'A question Nigerians must ask the panel members is that why are they in a hurry since the constitution of the country, gave them three months to seat on such alleged issue?
'In their own case, the panel only sat for just a day. The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, with other state government officials, were present at the sitting to ensure the panel members did not deviate from the government's instruction.' Agency report