Mimiko should be facing impeachment not his deputy – APC

It was revealed that the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has said that the state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, should be the one facing impeachment by the state House of Assembly for committing impeachable offences, and not his deputy, Alhaji Ali Olanusi.
This, the party argued, was because the deputy governor had not committed any impeachable offence.
In a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday, the spokesperson for the party in the state, Omoba Adesanya, accused the governor of masterminding the impeachment process against his deputy for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC.
He said, “The governor is annoyed that the deputy governor left for the APC, but nobody queried him when he left the Labour Party for the PDP. He shouldn’t forget so soon.
“He is annoyed and with the illegal support of the state House of Assembly, he is working hard to make sure that his deputy, who has committed no impeachable offence, is impeached.
“There is no way you can find the deputy governor guilty of any misconduct, mismanagement of funds or even criminal conduct. Rather, the governor has committed more than enough.
“Is it about the OSOPADEC issue, which is still pending before the EFCC, or the funds meant for the local governments and the ones accruing to the state, or his refusal to conduct local government elections? So, the governor has committed more than enough impeachable offences and should be facing impeachment now.”
Responding to the allegations, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Eni Akinsola, said the governor would not join issues with the APC or anything that had to do with the impeachment.
He said, “Impeachment is a constitutional matter vested in the legislature, and the governor has been busy doing the job he was elected to do; delivering on the promises of democracy and working for the people. So, we are not interested in joining issues with anybody.
“If the APC says the governor has impeachable offences against him, they know what to do. In fact, some of their principal members said recently that they would impeach the governor. So, what are they talking about now? I think they should ask themselves the right questions.”
Meanwhile, the state APC has said it will resist efforts by the state House of Assembly to impeach Olanusi, saying the impeachment process is illegal.


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