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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Ogun Deputy Speaker Impeached, Moves For Replacement Begins



Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly has just  been removed from office  during plenary on Thursday morning over alleged "gross misconduct."

Kadiri, an All Progressives Congress(APC)  represents Ijebu North State Constituency 2.

Earlier, a total of 22 state legislators endorsed a petition seeking the removal of Kadiri  and the moves reached its peak on Monday when an ad-hoc Committee  was constituted  by Speaker Kunle Oluomo to investigate allegations  of "gross misconduct" among others agaijnst Kadiri.

The Investigation Committee headed by  Hon. Yusuff Sherrif was given 72 hours to conclude its assignment and tender its findings and recommendations to the House.

Kadiri’s removal followed the presentation of the report of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the ‘Petition for Removal of the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Dare Kadiri, Oluwatimileyin from Office for Gross Misconduct’ by the Committee Chairman and Majority Leader, Hon. Yusuf Sheriff.

The Committee found him guilty of acts of gross misconduct.

A member representing Ijebu-North East, Hon. Abayomi Fasuwa thereafter moved the motion for adoption of the report,  seconded by his Ijebu-Ode counterpart, Hon. Kemi Oduwole and supported by nineteen other lawmakers at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo at the Assembly Complex, Abeokuta.

According to the Chairman, “the committee gave all the parties involved ample opportunities to make their presentations with relevant evidences including; documents, phone recordings, CD Rom and printed photographs to establish their facts”.

“On the involvement of a lawyer, Hon. Kadiri Oluwadamilare failed to explore  all internal mechanisms of getting information sought before calling a lawyer. To this end, the committee considered that: as the Vice-Chairman of fund management Committee, he has direct access to all the information; as the Vice Chairman of the Principal Officers body, he never reported the matter for discussion; as the Vice-Chairman of the House, executive meetings held every plenary day, he never raised the issue for discussion.  

"On the petitions submitted by Adebiyi Odugbesan & Co. after listening to both parties, the Committee observed that, the matter is neither here nor there. The Committee is of the opinion that Hon. Kadiri, as an Honourable Member and Deputy Speaker of the House, should have exhibited some caution. However, since the matter is still pending and awaiting further investigation by the Nigeria Police, the Committee will not make any pronouncement on the issue," the report partly stated. 

Thereafter, Fasuwa submitted a report endorsed by nineteen lawmakers conveying their unanimous confirmation in support of the recommendation of the ad-hoc committee’s report, which they noted had found Kadiri guilty of acts of gross misconduct and therefore endorsed his removal from office as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

The ad-hoc Committee had in the previous day held its preliminary/ fact-finding sitting, where it examined the petitions on the allegations leveled against Kadiri on their merit with all petitioners, witnesses and respondents as well as representative of the Nigeria Police, CSP Joshua Adewalehinmi in attendance.

Clarifying the voting pattern, Speaker Oluomo explained that the Assembly’s Standing Order specified that voice vote shall not be used in determining the removal of principal officer, thus the submission of the endorsement by nineteen (19) signatories (lawmaker) who demanded his removal from office which was equally read before the lawmakers  by the Clerk, Mr. Adeyemo.


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