Ogun assembly impeaches deputy speaker over alleged misconduct
By Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
The Ogun State House of Assembly, on Thursday, impeached the embattled deputy speaker, Hon. Dare Kadiri from office over alleged gross misconduct. Kadiri was impeached following the report of the ad-hoc committee headed by Hon. Yusuf Sheriff which found him guilty of the allegation.
The Assembly, last Tuesday, constituted the committee to begin investigation of the allege acts of gross misconduct by the Kadiri, representing Ijebu-North State Constituency 11. His impeachment followed a motion by a lawmaker representing Ijebu-North East, Hon. Abayomi Fasuwa which was moved adoption and seconded by his Ijebu-Ode counterpart, Hon. Kemi Oduwole as well as nineteen other lawmakers of the Assembly.
The chairman of the committee, Hon Yusuf Sheriff accused Kadiri of failing to have exploited all internal mechanisms of getting information sought before calling a lawyer, saying it gave all parties involve the chance to present their evidences.
Sheriff said “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 have exploited 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.”
Fahuwa, however, 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 speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo said that Kadiri was removed based on the submission of the endorsement by the signatories of the 19 lawmakers who demanded his removal from the office.