By Ed Malik, A / July 18, 2022 11.00 AM
Embattled deputy Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Rauf Olaniyan, has been impeached and removed from office.
For some time now, Mr. Olaniyan had been at loggerheads with his boss, Governor Seyi Makinde, on issues bordering on alleged gross insubordination.
His removal followed the State Assembly’s adoption of the report of the seven-man panel constituted by the Chief Judge to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor at its plenary on Monday.
Rauf Olaniyan was elected in 2019 on a joint ticket with the current Governor Seyi Makinde on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but had recently defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) when it became clear the Governor had dumped him for the second term ticket.
Olaniyan had alleged that Gov. Makinde did not involve him in the affairs of running the state and also, had not honoured the agreement that they had before he subsumed his own ambition to be deputy.
The impeached deputy governor was a governorship aspirant in the African Democratic Congress before the party entered into an alliance with the PDP in 2019.