The Peoples Democratic Party has hailed the courage of the Osun State House of Assembly for commencing impeachment process against Governor Rauf Aregbesola following a petition by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede.
The state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bola Ajao, commended the House in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Friday.
Oloyede, who is a serving judge in Osun State Judiciary, had petitioned the Assembly asking the lawmakers to impeach the governor and his deputy because of their inability to pay workers’ salaries for the past seven months.
The statement read, “We want to commend the lawmakers for commencing the process of impeaching Governor Aregbesola in order to save the state.
“For us as a political party, our concern is beyond playing the traditional role of opposition party. It is about the people of Osun State. It is about men and women who are supposedly gainfully-employed but are now refugees in their own land, living on handouts from compassionate religious and corporate bodies.
“It is about the present and future of the state. It is about generations unborn and questions that would be asked us if we don’t act collectively now.
“Even members of Aregbesola’s party know that he spoke from his heart when he said he was clueless about how to rescue the state from imminent doom.
“The lawmakers will be writing their names in gold, irrespective of party affiliations, if they take the lead in rescuing their constituents from penury and impending economic catastrophe.
“History and posterity will not forgive the lawmakers if they allow the fading administration of Aregbesola to scuttle the impeachment process on the altar of political exigency and partisan conspiracy.
“We are aware of the tremendous pressure being brought upon the lawmakers by the insensitive leaders and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress within and outside of the state, but the lawmakers owe posterity and their generations unborn this moment of history to offer the state the last straw before it would collapse irretrievably.
“We have it on good authority that a deal had been reached between Governor Aregbesola and the leadership of the Assembly to kill the impeachment process by referring his response to Justice Oloyede’s petition to a Kangaroo committee of the Assembly that would rule that the governor has no case to answer on the weighty allegations raised by the petitioner.
“This is completely unacceptable to the traumatised people of Osun State and such shenanigan will be fiercely resisted.”