The impeached Deputy Speaker of the Ondo state House of Assembly, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji, has said that his impeachment was illegal as his colleague “forged” signatures of members to effect the said impeachment.
Ogundeji was impeached on Tuesday by 20 out of the 26 members of the House and Hon. Samuel Aderoboye was elected as the new Deputy Speaker.
However, appearing on Channels TV Sunrise programme on Friday morning the embattled lawmaker stated that his colleagues forged signatures of lawmakers to arrive at the said impeachment. He challenged the Speaker to publish the list of the signatories of the said impeachment to prove that they followed the rules.
Ogundeji also accused the governor of Ondo state, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu as the man behind his trials in the House of Assembly. Ogundeji said that “the hand writing is very clear” that the governor was behind his “purported impeachment,” because of his refusal to support the illegal impeachment of the state Deputy Governor ahead of the October governorship election in the state.
On Wednesday, nine members of the House had written to the Speaker to dissociate themselves impeachment.
The nine lawmakers in their letter described the impeachment exercise, which the Speaker personally supervised as a “charade” and null and void, because it was in breach of the 1999 Constitution(as amended) and the Rules and Standing Orders of the Ondo State House of Assembly.
The lawmakers include Rasheed Elegbeleye, Suleiman Jamiu Maito, Adewale Williams-Adewinle, Festus Akingbaso, Ogundeji Iroju, Favour Tomomewo, Tomide Akinribido, Success Torrhukerhijo and Samuel Ademola.