Osun State House of Assembly has called on Governor Rauf Aregbesola to respond to the allegations raised by Justice Oloyede Folahanmi of Osun State High Court in a petition for his (Aregbesola) impeachment.
It was gathered that a copy of the petition was made available to the governor on Wednesday through the office of the Speaker, Najeem Salaam.
In the letter attached to the petition sent to the governor, the Assembly demanded the governor’s comment on the content of the petition without delay.
“The onus of proof lies on the petitioner, who has expressed her readiness to defend her allegations before the parliamentarians, while Governor Aregbesola’s response would also be awaited for the sake of fair hearing,” the speaker said.
Salaam noted that the legislature had decided to give Justice Folahanmi’s petition a critical attention, as she was a serving judge in the state, adding that justice demanded that her allegations be given a look, because she held a prime position in the judiciary, an arm of government in the state.
Speaker Salaam, however appealed, to the opposition and critics of the government to always channel their grievances peacefully, saying the way and manner some people were blackmailing the state over the delayed salaries in the media were unusual.
He added that the state parliament was ready to mediate between the people and the government at all times without compromising the independence of the legislature as guaranteed by the country’s constitution.
Salaam also noted that the Assembly under his watch would not be stampeded into action on any issue before it, insisting that thoroughness would be deployed into the facts presented without prejudice, “for the House of Assembly is a shrine of democracy, where democratic values and ethos must be upheld.
“Osun is our state, it is our ancestral home and we all have the duty to protect its name and promote harmonious relationship and peaceful co-existence. Yes, we have challenges in our nation, and our state is not immune from the hydra-headed challenges, but with the coordinated responses of the government at all levels, as it is ongoing, those challenges will soon be history.”
Source: The Sun