Friday 13 October 2023

Ondo Assembly halts impeachment proceedings against Aiyedatiwa

 The Ondo State House of Assembly has announced the suspension of impeachment proceedings against the state’s Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The Assembly disclosed that the moved was sequel to the refusal of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, to set up a panel to investigate the embattled deputy governor.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Olatunji Oshati, confirmed the decision on Friday evening.

According to him, the assembly would comply with the court’s order, leading to the temporary suspension of the impeachment process.

 “It is not about being arrogant with power, it is about holding public officers accountable. It also shows that the process of impeachment transcends the monopoly of the legislature as we can see that the judiciary has stalled it.

“This is to show that it is not about witch-hunting, it is about carrying out our oversight functions.”

The decision comes after the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, declined to set up a panel to probe the allegations against Aiyedatiwa as he cited subsisting court order.

The assembly had initiated impeachment proceedings based on 14 allegations leveled against the deputy governor.

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