The seven-man investigative panel looking into allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi sat in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Friday.

Chairman of the panel, Olatunji Adeniyan, while addressing counsel for Alhaji Olanusi and the House of Assembly, assured of members’ readiness to be fair to all parties.Alhaji-Ali-Olanusi

Dayo Akinlaja (SAN), representing the House of Assembly and Dr Benson Enikuomehin, who said he was appearing for the deputy governor said Alhaji Olanusi was not properly served to appear before the panel. He therefore argued that the panel should not continue sitting, citing Section 36 sub section 1,2,3.

While Dr Enikuomehin said at one point that it was Alhaji Olanusi’s son who instructed him to appear as his father was out of the country on a routine medical check-up and had already written to the governor to that effect, he later said he got the notice through the social media.

He then demanded that Alhaji Olanusi be properly served by the assembly.

In his counter argument, Dayo Akinlaja SAN, stressed that the fact that Dr Enikuomehin appeared for Alhaji Olanusi testified that his client was well served. He equally presented a copy of a letter signed by the deputy governor informing the governor of his intention to travel next Monday to prove that the deputy governor was indeed in the country.

He prayed the panel to discountenance Enikuomehin’s claims, stressing that the numerous evidence on ground attested to the fact that Olanusi was in the country and was well and properly served.

Chairman of the panel, Olatunji Adeniyan ruled that after considering arguments of the two parties, sufficient evidence on ground showed that Alhaji Olanusi was properly served.

Akinlaja SAN then led Dr Kola Ademujimi, the Chief of Staff to Governor Mimiko and the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s office, Kehinde Temikotan in evidence as witnesses on all the seven allegations levelled against the Deputy Governor.

Evidence was also led that he involved in absenteeism, truancy, breach of peace among cabinet members and the State at large.

In his final address, Akinlaja said the oral and documentary evidence on ground backed the claims that Alhaji Olanusi was guilty of all the seven allegations.

Chairman of the panel said since there were no longer any representation and presentations, the sitting had come to an end adding that the panel would communicate its resolutions to the House of Assembly.

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