The Ondo State House of Assembly has directed the Chief Judge of the state Justice Olusegun Odusola, to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct levelled against the state’s Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
The House had earlier written a letter of allegation to the embattled deputy governor, alleging him of committing gross misconduct while in office as the acting governor, during which the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, was on a medical vacation in Germany.
The House gave the directive on Monday evening during its plenary session presided over by the Speaker of the House, Mr. Olamide Oladiji.
Moving the motion to constitute the panel, the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, said the directive was in line with the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended. The motion was seconded by the lawmaker representing the Ifedore Constituency. Tope Komolafe.
In his remark, the speaker said it was imperative to investigate any matter of allegation in line with the constitution, adding that the House will continue to follow due process in its operations.
Oladiji directed the state’s CJ to set up a seven-man panel of inquiry to investigate the allegation against the deputy governor and report to the House.
“The deputy governor is hereby given seven days to respond to the letter written to him by this honourable House,” the speaker stated.
In a surprising turn of events, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Orimisan Ayedatiwa, has been served with an impeachment notice by members of the State House of Assembly. The move has sent shockwaves through the political landscape of the state, as it marks a significant development in the state’s political dynamics. The handlers of the ailing Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu had accused the Deputy Governor of being disloyal and over ambitious.
The impeachment notice, which was signed by a majority of the lawmakers, cites a series of allegations against Deputy Governor Ayedatiwa as the grounds for his removal from office. Some of the key allegations listed in the notice include:
- Gross Misconduct: The lawmakers accuse Ayedatiwa of engaging in acts of gross misconduct during his tenure as Deputy Governor, which they argue have brought disrepute to the office and the state as a whole.
- Abuse of Office: It is alleged that Ayedatiwa has abused the privileges of his office by using his position for personal gain and interfering in matters outside his purview.
- Dereliction of Duty: The impeachment notice claims that the Deputy Governor has been consistently absent from official duties and has neglected his responsibilities to the detriment of the state.
- Financial Impropriety: Ayedatiwa is also accused of financial impropriety, including the mismanagement of public funds and questionable financial transactions.
The decision to serve the impeachment notice comes after weeks of political tension within the Ondo State government, with reports of infighting and power struggles among top officials. The State House of Assembly’s action appears to be a culmination of these internal disputes.
In response to the impeachment notice, Deputy Governor Ayedatiwa has vehemently denied all the allegations, describing them as baseless and politically motivated. He has expressed his intention to defend himself vigorously against the charges and maintain his innocence.
The impeachment process is expected to follow the constitutional procedures laid out in the Nigerian legal system. This will involve a thorough investigation by a panel set up by the State House of Assembly, as well as a vote by the lawmakers to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the impeachment.
The situation in Ondo State is fluid, with both supporters and critics of Deputy Governor Ayedatiwa closely watching the unfolding events. The impeachment process is likely to draw significant attention in the coming days and weeks, as it could have far-reaching implications for the political landscape of the state.
It remains to be seen how the allegations against Deputy Governor Ayedatiwa will be substantiated and whether he will ultimately be removed from office or cleared of the charges. This development marks a critical juncture in the politics of Ondo State and is likely to be a topic of national discussion in Nigeria.