The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN of Ondo State has described the victory of former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, at the Court of Appeal in Akure, as well deserved, a triumph for democracy and light over darkness.
SUNSHINE HERALD recalled that an Appeal Court sitting in Akure, on Friday, declared the impeachment of Olanusi as the former deputy governor of Ondo State illegal.
He was impeached by the state House of Assembly on April 27, 2015, after dumping the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressive Congress, APC.
But in a statement in Akure on Saturday by Mr Segun Ajiboye, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the Governor, the judgment would discourage political leaders from arbitrary actions and decisions and ensure that the tenets of democracy were promoted.
He said, "the 79-page judgment delivered by Justice Muhammed Danjuma was well deserved, a triumph for democracy and light over darkness.'' "This judgment confirmed that Alhaji Ali Olanusi was maltreated, abused and humiliated by the crop of lawmakers who planned and executed the illegal impeachment.
"In the judgment on Friday, Justice Muhammed Danjuma said Olanusi's impeachment did not follow due process because he was not personally served the originating summons.
"He was also denied presentation before an panel set up to investigate the alleged gross misconduct against him.''
Akeredolu said the judge maintained that Olanusi remained the Deputy Governor of Ondo State from April 27, 2015, the date he was wrongly impeached by the state House of Assembly.
"Olanusi, will therefore remain the state's deputy governor till Feb. 24, 2017 when the tenure of the former administration expired," he said.