The Ondo Assembly has issued a long-awaited impeachment notice to the deputy governor.

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admin September 26, 2023
Updated 2023/09/26 at 10:35 AM

On Monday, the Ondo State House of Assembly officially presented an impeachment notice to the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa.

Aiyedatiwa had previously stated that he had not received any official communication or letter containing allegations of gross misconduct from the Ondo State House of Assembly.

In a statement he released in Akure, the state capital, the embattled Deputy Governor addressed the claims made by the Ondo State House of Assembly, specifically by Honourable Olatunji Oshati, the member and Chairman of the House Committee on Information, on national television, regarding the notice of gross misconduct served against him.

“On Thursday, September 21, 2023, Hon Olatunji Oshati appeared as a guest on the politics program ‘Politics Today’ on Channels Television. During the interview, he revealed that he had been notified by the Ondo State House of Assembly about allegations of gross misconduct against me.

This statement came following news reports that the House of Assembly, on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, had decided to send a “letter of allegations of gross misconduct” to me, based on a petition by some members of the House. Hon. Oshati also mentioned that I had been given a seven-day period to respond to these allegations.

However, it is important to clarify that until today, Monday, September 25, 2023, I have not received any official communication or a “letter of allegations of gross misconduct” from the Ondo State House of Assembly.”

β€œThe fact that the spokesman of the House of Assembly would appear on national television to discuss this matter without any evidence of delivering the letter to me is particularly concerning. Furthermore, his lack of a clear answer when asked about the delivery of the letter is even more troubling.

The process of impeachment, especially when it involves constitutional matters, should not be carried out through media outlets.

I want to emphasize once again that if there is such a “letter of allegations of gross misconduct” against me, I have not received it and have not been served. I therefore urge Mr. Speaker, The Honourable Chief Judge of Ondo State, and the public to take note.

However, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji, claims that Aiyedatiwa was served on Monday through substituted service.

According to Oladiji, we have been making efforts since Wednesday, September 20, to ensure that he receives the letter.”

“We have obtained a court affidavit via substituted service, delivering it to his office where it was received by his secretary.

Despite receiving messages aiming to silence me, I want to clarify that I am not feeling any form of pressure, except for the threats. This is simply a legislative duty.”

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