The allegedly impeached Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Rauf Olaniyan, has disclosed that the seven man Investigative Panel set up by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Munta Abimbola, over the allegations levelled against him by the Oyo State House of Assembly, did not give him fair hearing.
He further described the investigation carried out by the committee set by the Honourable Chief Judge of the State, as a charade that cannot stand the test of time. He also accused the panel of being appointed and paid to do bodge jobs, which must be contrary to good conscience.
According to the allegedly impeached Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Rauf Olaniyan, in the first instance, the Honourable Chief Judge, with due respect, breached his oath of office by ignoring the service of notice of appeal and application for injunction pending the appeal, when the Chief Judge proceeded to constitute the investigation committee.
He emphasized that this action is against established laws and practices.
Olaniyan made the disclosure today, Monday, through his legal counsel, Chief Afolabi Fashanu, SAN, shortly after his impeachment was pronounced by the lawmakers during a special plenary session.
Chief Fashanu explained that the deputy governor was served an invitation on Friday at about 10:45am and asked to appear at 11:00am, therefore, the legal team wrote to inform them that His Excellency needed time to prepare for his defence.
He alleged that in the Panel’s desperation to do the job for which they were paid, they rejected the letter and rather sat on Saturday and completed their task the same day.
He, therefore, queried the fairness in such an action, noting that members of the committee are supposed to be men above board and the action is clear evidence that they are not yet ripe for democratic practice