•Court Orders Investigation
The embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State and the 15 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the State House of Assembly have eventually entered into soup of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), as the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja ordered the bureau to investigate the parliamentarians over the controversial constituency project scandal rocking the state.
The 11 Action Congress (AC) lawmakers led by Honourable Timothy Owoeye had filed a suit before the court against the CCB, seeking an order of Mandamus to compel the defendant to investigate allegations of contravention of the code of conduct for public officers, brought by them over the disbursement of constituency project funds through individual accounts of each lawmaker.
It would be recalled that the Oyinlola-led administration paid the controversial constituency funds to the individual accounts of all the legislators in the state, described as unconstitutional.
Subsequently, the AC lawmakers quickly returned the money paid into their accounts back to the state government offers, after which, they petitioned the bureau over what, they termed improper conduct in the disbursement of the funds.
According to the petition dated May 27, 2008, the AC lawmakers claimed that the PDP legislators erred in law by receiving N5million each for the projects through their private accounts.
Other signatories to the petition are: Honourable Ajibola Olaide (Olorunda), Adegboye Akintunde (Osogbo), Najeem Salam (Ejigbo) Abiodun Awolola (Egbedore), Samson Fafiyebi (Obokun), Salinsile Ayobami (Iwo), Kamil Tope Oyedele (Irepodun /Orolu), Ajiboye Ademola (Ila), Ipoola Binuyo (Ife North) and Folarin Fafowora (Ilesa West).
The petitioners claimed that they only received red alert from their individual banks that a sum of N5million had been deposited into their accounts by the state government.
The AC lawmakers further claimed that after they had returned the money to the state government, they asked their PDP counterparts to do the same, but they refused, the refusal prompted them to petition the bureau for an investigation into the disbursement.
Since the petition was filed, the CCB has allegedly not acted on the petition. The develoment that compelled the opposition lawmakers in the house through their lawyer, Raphael Adeoye to approach the court seeking an order of mandamus to compel the bureau to investigate the alleged scandal.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice A.I Chikere granted the application, ordering the CCB to investigate Oyinlola and all the PDP legislators in the house.
The ruling read; “Upon reading the affidavit in support of the motion exparte and exhibits attached, deposed to by Raphael Adeoye, male, adult, Nigerian, legal practitioner of 2nd floor Oakland, Maitama, Abuja and filed at this court Registry, Abuja.
“And after hearing, Raphael Adeoye counsel to the applicant moved the motion paper and the court, having given it’s ruling, the leave is hereby granted to the applicant to apply for an order of mandamus,” the court ruled.
Subsequently, the matter was adjourned till November 19, for mention.