Ondo Impeachment: Aiyedatiwa's 14 Alleged Offences Revealed!  - The Top Society

Ondo Impeachment: Aiyedatiwa’s 14 Alleged Offences Revealed! 

Group calls for impeachment if found guilty   

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The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Honourable Lucky Aiyedatiwa, finds himself embroiled in a controversy as a list of 14 impeachable offences has been revealed in an impeachment notice issued by the State House of Assembly.

The impeachment notice, which was obtained by Top Society on Wednesday, outlines a series of allegations against the Deputy Governor, who is now expected to provide responses in accordance with the legal procedures.

Rt. Hon. Oladiji Olamide, the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, announced on Tuesday that this move is in strict accordance with Section 188(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The speaker said

“The Ondo State House of Assembly formally served the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Honourable Lucky Aiyedatiwa the notice of allegation of gross misconduct, on Monday, 25th September 2023 within Seven (7) days after the notice was presented to the Speaker of the House of Assembly. The Notice was signed by Eleven (11) members of the House which is more than one-third of the members of the House required to sign the impeachment notice under Section 188(2) of the Constitution.

“The impeachment notice contains Fourteen (14) specific allegations of gross misconduct with detailed particulars to which the Deputy Governor is expected to react to not later than Seven (7) days from the day he was served.

“Hitherto, the House has refrained from publishing the allegations because of the need to accord the Deputy Governor the courtesy of being served with the notice, first,” the Speaker said.

Below is a published copy of the impeachment notice:

 

It’s worth noting that Justice Emeka Nwite from the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had previously issued an injunction preventing the Ondo State House of Assembly from impeaching Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Deputy Governor, based on allegations of gross misconduct.

However, the Ondo State House of Assembly has firmly stated that the Federal High Court injunction obtained by Aiyedatiwa would not impede its intended actions.

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Justice Nwite issued this restraining order on Tuesday as a result of an ex parte application filed by Aiyedatiwa.

On Tuesday, Akure witnessed a gathering of hundreds of young individuals hailing from the three senatorial districts of Ondo State. Their purpose was to demonstrate their backing for the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa by the State House of Assembly.

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The protestors asserted that it was unjust for the Deputy Governor to transform the state into a battleground merely because he was under investigation. Their resolute stance was clear: they did not wish for Aiyedatiwa to continue holding the position of Deputy Governor within the State.

This vocal group marched through the streets of Akure and rallied at the Assembly premises, voicing their unwavering support for the legislators as they carried out their constitutional duties.

The leader of this impassioned assembly, Ojo Bright, encouraged the lawmakers to act appropriately should Aiyedatiwa be found culpable. He emphasized the importance of allowing the State House of Assembly to execute its constitutional responsibilities without any hindrance or external pressures.

He said:

“The Deputy Governor has waged media war against the people of the state. We are aware that the Deputy Governor who is now embattled has been duly served a letter on account of gross misconduct.

“This is the people’s parliament. This parliament belongs to the people of Ondo State. It does not belong to Lucky Aiyedatiwa. The parliament has the backing of the people to carry out its constitutional functions. The democratic system should be maintained and nobody can stop law and order in our State.

“It is an act of tyranny for the Deputy Governor to think he can turn the state into a theatre of war because he is being investigated.

“Our stand is that if the Deputy Governor is found guilty of the allegations levelled against him, the Assembly should do the needful.”

 

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