The State of Osun House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Hon. Justice Foluke Eunice Awolalu as the substantive President of Osun Customary Court of Appeal.
This was just as the State House of Assembly ordered that the embattled Chairman of Osogbo South Local Council Development Area, Hon. Abdul Hakeem Olaoye should vacate his seat as the Chairman of the LCDA for a period of two months.
The House of Assembly also rejected the vote of no confidence passed on the Chairman of Olorunda Local Government of the state, Hon. Munirudeen Anisu.
The Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye explained that the appointment confirmation is in line with the power vested in the parliament as encapsulated in section 281(1) of Nigerian Constitution.
The Speaker, at plenary after receiving the report and recommendations of the joint Committees on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Judiciary, Legal Matters, Public petitions and Human Rights also asked that the Chairman to handover to the Vice-Chairman for a period of two months.
He emphasised that the joint Committees of the House, having examined and investigated various allegations levelled against the chairman of Osogbo South vis-a-vis his response, found him wanting of the allegations of gross misconduct.
According to the Speaker, “The Chairman, having failed to comply with section 3, 4A (iv) and (v) of the “Guidelines for the Administration of Local Government Areas, Local Council Development Areas, Area Councils and Administrative offices in the State of Osun, 2018″ should vacate his office for a period of two months beginning from Monday 13th January, 2020 to 12th March, 2020.
“The suspension doesn’t remove the chairman as a Parliamentarian, he is still representing his people as a councillor, the Vice-Chairman will be there in acting capacity, after the expiration of the suspension, the chairman will return to his position as the chairman”.
Owoeye on the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the Chairman of Olorunda, stated that there was no credible evidence to pass a vote of no confidence on the chairman.
The Speaker held that the purported notification of vote of no confidence passed on Hon. Anisu is retroactive and incurably bad, saying the date of the notification is at variance with the date the Councillors purportedly held plenary.