A group, Political Awareness Group (PAG) has called on the lawmakers of the Oyo state House of Assembly to avoid being used as agent of mischief with the plan to impeach the Deputy Governor of Oyo state, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan.
The group in a statement signed by its Chariman, Bar Olowonjaye Abdul Waheed and Secretary, Hon Abass Agbara, on Friday, said the proposed impeachment will not birth good child.
They added that the lawmakers signed notice of allegations of the Deputy Governor without clearly stating his offenses.
The statement reads: “It has come to the notice of Political Awareness Group ( PAG) that the Oyo state House of Assembly led by Rt Honorable DEBO OGUNDOYIN have served notice of impeachment process to the current Deputy Governor of Oyo state, Engr RAUF OLANIYAN
“This group has called the attention of the Government of the day to the unsavoury relationship between the Governor and the Deputy in some of her advocacy for good Governance in Oyo state.
“The group is aware, the current Government has without a published reasons hinged on bigotry and mischief , sidelined the Deputy Governor almost within a year into the administration.
“The group is aware that SSG has been performing the official roles of the Deputy Governor even at occasion he was physically present.
“Political Awareness Group is aware the Deputy Governor have maturely avoided publishing or discussing the sour relationship between himself and the Governor as an Omoluabi for more than two years as a way of preserving the peace of the administration and the state.
“The group noted with nostalgia the badly worded, hurriedly and embarrassingly published notice of impeachment process purportedly served on to the Deputy Governor, Engr RAUF OLANIYAN without clearly stated offenses.
“The Political Awareness Group viewed the impeachment notice as clear witch-hunt , ill advised, attempt to rubbish the Deputy Governor, derail the current regime and tamper with the fragile peace in the state.
“Consequent upon the above, the Political Awareness Group therefore;
“1. Call on the House of Assembly to henceforth toe part of nobility by halting the process of impeachment and refused to be used as agent of mischief and never on the bad side of history knowing we shall take note of roles played by each members of the house.
“2. We call on the state Government not to cause crisis in the state within few months to the end of the administration and if that happened he stood on negative footing in the 2023 election.
“3. We call on members of the State Assembly to be just, fair and impartial in handling the matter so as not to be registered in the anal of history as midwifing crisis in the twilight of an administration and the closeness to election year.
“4. We call on party leadership to weird into the current sour and now published relationship between the Governor and his Deputy in an administrative rather than vindictive and oppressive manner.
“5. We warned that the handling of this very matter will determine how we vote in 2023 election . We shall be interested in the fairness and justice with which this case is handled during electioneering.
“6. We strongly believed justice, fair dealing and fair hearing are cardinal to good governance.
“7. Thank you very much.
“Be just, and that is closer to piety”