Five councilors out of 11 on Thursday, impeached Hon. Wale Adedayo, as chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Leader of the House, Hon. Fasheyi Akindele, obtained by Tribune Online, in Abeokuta.
Recall that Tribune Online reports that Adedayo was suspended following his allegation of diversion of local government fund and zero allocation levied against Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.
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However, Adedayo was impeached over an allegation of diversion of funds of the council area.
Akindele noted that Adedayo had ignored the invitations of the House at different times.
However, the erstwhile chairman, honoured the invitation of the House to clarify himself over allegations levelled against him by the councillors.
Tribune Online learnt that Adedayo arrived at the secretariat at about 7:45am in company of his aides.
A reliable source informed our correspondent that he was called in to defend himself on the allegations at about half past 10.00am, after the councillors arrived in a civilian coaster bus marked OGUN AH 782 DED.
The session, it was gathered, lasted for almost two hours.
The House leader explained that the legislative council has 11 lawmakers, with five voted for Adedayo’s impeachment; four voted against; one in absentia and the whereabouts of the 11th person was not contained in the statement.
The statement reads partly, “The councillors of ijebu East Local Government of Ogun State, earlier today, impeached the suspended Chairman of the local government, Hon. Wale Adedayo, over allegations of financial misappropriation and diversion of council funds, among other allegations made against him.
“After a series of invitations by the House, which were ignored in the past, Adedayo eventually appeared before the legislative council today as the councilors continued their probe of the chairman.
“The suspended Chairman owned-up before the full house of 11 councilors that he diverted Federal allocations sent to the Council by the State Government and used them for purposes other than what the State Government approved.
“Adedayo also agreed that he spent the Council funds till August 2023, even when the budget was yet to be approved, whereas the law only allows him to spend till March 2023.
“Adedayo also opened-up that he used N5.2 million to produce 20 pieces of chairs and tables instead of the 290 chairs that the money was meant for as approved by the state government.
“On the issue of illegal levies and stickers to commercial transport operators in the Local government, Adedayo said he thought the House had passed the Bill to that effect, but the Leader of House reminded him that a bill, if passed by the the House, would have been jointly signed by the Leader of the House and the Council Chairman.
“That the chairman has run foul of the laws of the land, specifically the Ogun State Local Government Laws 2006 and committed serious impeachable offences was therefore established.
After about three hours of deliberation, the impeachment of the Chairman was put to votes. Five councilors voted for his impeachment, four voted against, with one abstention.
“Therefore, the Leader of the House pronounced Mr. Wale Adedayo impeached as the Chairman of Ijebu East LG.”
The mobile line of Adedayo, however, was unavailable at the time of filing this report for his reaction.