Share This Article:

Impeachment at States’ Level in Nigeria: Osun State as a Case Study

Abstract Full-Text HTML XML Download Download as PDF (Size:882KB) PP. 28-41
DOI: 10.4236/blr.2015.61005    3,098 Downloads   3,692 Views  

ABSTRACT

As a three-tier government that Nigeria is, three legislatures exist and all of them have impeachment powers that have often been grossly abused: The National Assembly, the States Assemblies and the Local Government Legislative Councils. A close study of their activities, regarding impeachment duties, showed a consistent power struggle between chief executives and their deputies. This was the case between Chief Adebisi Akande and Otunba Iyiola Omisore; Governor and Deputy Governor of Osun-State respectively. It was interesting to note that this power struggle did not exclude the then speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Mojeed Alabi. Chief Bisi Akande, OtunbaIyiola Omisore and Dr. Mojeed Alabi deployed all necessary powers and influences within and without their respective corridors of powers to achieve their inordinate ambitions. In the titanic sweepstake, extraneous actors such as party leaders, presidency, inspector general of the police, Afenifere (a yorubal socio-cultural group) and traditional rulers were not left out of the crisis that led to the impeachment of the first Deputy Governor of Osun-State in the Fourth Republic, OtunbaIyiola Omisore and the subsequent assassinations of Hon Odunayo Olagbaju the then Osun State House of Assembly member and, the Federal Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, who was also deputy leader of Afenifere. Party leaders refer to leadership of the various political parties, especially the ruling ones at the local, state and federal levels. The following officials: party chairman, zonal chairman, state chairman, local chairman and their secretaries are very critical in the running of their various political parties at all the levels of government. Specifically, in the case of Alliance for Democracy (AD), the national leaders of the party that intervened in the crisis that rocked Osun-State between 1999 and 2003 included: the leader of Afenifere, Pa (Senator) Abraham Adesanya; Deputy leader of Afenifere and Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige; Senator A. A. Abdulkadir, national chairman of Alliance for Democracy; Pa Archdeacon Emmanuel Alayande; Justice Adewale Thomson; and All the AD Governors (Olasupo, 2014). Although attempts were made to impeach the then governor and even the speaker, both failed except that of the deputy governor, OtunbaIyiola Omisore. Why did the other two impeachments failed and that of the Deputy Governor who was from a different political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), succeeded? This is a big question. The interplay of how these took place is the concern of this paper.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Cite this paper

Olasupo, F. (2015) Impeachment at States’ Level in Nigeria: Osun State as a Case Study. Beijing Law Review, 6, 28-41. doi: 10.4236/blr.2015.61005.

References

[1] Adeyemo, W. (2002). Endangered Species: Lagos State Deputy Governor, Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Resigns Her Position as Some of Her Colleagues Face Testing Time in Their States. Tell of December 30, 48.
[2] Aja, U. (2001). A Tale of Two Speakers. Source of December 24, 29.
[3] Ajayi, S. (2001). Osun: A State in Unending Crisis. ThisDay of December 25, 7.
[4] Akinsanya, A. A. (2005). The Judiciary and Interpretation of Aspects of the 1979 Nigerian Constitution 1979-1983. In: A. A. Akinsanya, & J. A. Ayoade (Eds.), Readings in Nigerian Government and Politics (p. 177). Ijebu-Ode: Gratia Associates International.
[5] Ayoade, J. A. A. (1995). The Development of Democratic Local Government in Nigeria. Local Government in Nigeria and the United States: Learning from Comparison (p. 25). Ile-Ife: Local Government Publication Series, Department of Local Government Studies, Faculty of Administration, ObafemiAwolowo University.
[6] Babarinsa, D. (2002). How Deputy Governor Omisore’s Men Harassed Igeat Ife. Tell of January 7, 28.
[7] Cover (2002a). Ige: The Star Suspect’s Story. The News of January 28, 26.
[8] Cover (2002b). Impeachment: Nigeria May Break up—Governor Akande. Tell of September 23, 28.
[9] Daily Independence (2005). Power Struggle in the State and Constituency Project. Daily Independence of November 30, xii.
[10] Editorial, T. (2002). Osun: Demonstration of Craziness. Tempo of January 3, 8.
[11] Federal Republic of Nigeria (2000). Osun State House of Assembly, Second Assembly, 2nd Session, No 046, Votes and Proceedings, 6 November.
[12] Federal Republic of Nigeria (2002a). Osun State House of Assembly. Second Assembly, 4th Session, No. 053, Votes and Proceedings. 12 November, 4.
[13] Federal Republic of Nigeria (2002b). Osun State House of Assembly. Second Assembly, 4th Session, No. 054, Votes and Proceedings. Wednesday, 20 November, 1-2.
[14] Federal Republic of Nigeria (2002c). Osun State House of Assembly. Second Assembly, 4th Session No. 055, Votes and Proceedings. 13 December, 2. See also Verbatim Evidence of Witnesses at the Proceedings at the Panel Investigating the Allegation against OunbaIyiola Omisore, Deputy Governor of Osun State, 28-29 December, 1.
[15] Icheku, T. (2002). Echoes of Anarchy from Osun. ThisDay, 19 January 2002, 45.
[16] Ikhariale, M. (2002). The Impeachment Myth versus the Nigerian Reality.
http://www.nigerdeltacongress.Com/iarticles/Impeachment_myth_versus_the_nige.htm
[17] Iyinbo, O. (2007). Nigeria’s Impeachment Saga: Democracy on the Legislature’s Butcher Block.
http://findarticles.Com/p/articles/mi-m5QWD/is_1_5/ai_n25001269
[18] Jason, P. (2006). The Weighty Side of Impeachment. Vanguard Newspaper, 31 October, 5.
[19] Nwosu, S. (2006). Winners and Losers Emergency Rule in Ekiti State. Saturday, 21 October 2006.
[20] Okenyi, D. (2000). Invasion of the Osun State House of Assembly. DTHA/TD.6/VOL.iv/118, 9 November 2000.
[21] Olasupo, F. A. (2011). Police Rebellion and Coup D’Etat in West Africa: The Cases of Senegal and Nigeria. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2, 59-68.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1974122
[22] Olasupo, F. A. (2014). Voice of Jacob Hand of Esau: Appraising the Role of Chief Executives and Party Leaders in Impeachment Processes in Nigeria. University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Law Review, 5, 8.
[23] Ologbondiyan, K. (2002). A State and Its Web of Intrigues. ThisDay, 19 January 2002, 45.
[24] Olorunnisola, F. (2010). From the Tube to Royalty (My Own Story) (p. 188).
[25] Omololu, F. (2007). Judicial Review of Impeachment Procedure: Implication for Democratic Stability in Nigeria. The Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Classical Chinese Garden, Portland.
[26] Osun Mail (2007). AC Wants Speaker & Deputy Removed. Osun Mail, 1 November 2007.
[27] Owolabi, Y. (2002a). Ige Haunts Omisore. Tell, 30 December 2002, 41.
[28] Owolabi, Y. (2002b). Murder in the Spring. Tell, 7 January 2002, 2.
[29] Owolabi, Y. (2003). Omisore and the Game of His Godfathers. Tell, 17 March 2003, 31.
[30] The Guardian (2005). Forces against Oyinlola Ambition in Osun State. The Guardian, 1 April 2005, 1.
[31] The Nation (2007). Osun AC Lawmakers Sue Speaker, Seeking Nullification of OSHA Principal Officers’ Election. The Nation, 23 August 2007, 5.
[32] ThisDay (2007). Like Osun, Like Ekiti. ThisDay, 1 July 2007, 112-113.

  
comments powered by Disqus

Copyright © 2019 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.