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Ondo Assembly begins process to impeach deputy governor

The Ondo State House of Assembly has initiated the procedure to oust Deputy Governor Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa due to alleged gross misconduct during his time as acting governor. Aiyedatiwa acted as governor while Governor Rotimi Akeredolu went abroad for medical treatment. He acted between June 13 and September 9 when the governor returned.

At the plenary on Wednesday, the Assembly brought up a petition against Aiyedatiwa. During the plenary session led by Speaker Mr. Olamide Oladiji, a petition signed by nine out of the 17 members of the House was read. Majority Leader Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi cited Section 188 of the constitution, urging the Assembly to summon the deputy governor to address the allegations. The motion was seconded by Tope Agbulu, the representative for Akoko South-West Constituency 2.

Diaspora News reports that there was a heavy presence of armed security men at the entrance of the Assembly complex on Wednesday to prevent a possible breakdown of law and order.

According to a source in the Assembly, the deputy governor is expected to respond to the allegations within a specified timeframe. Afterward, the judiciary will establish a panel for his impeachment, which may take approximately two weeks. It is worth noting that upon his return from Germany, Governor Akeredolu dismissed the deputy governor's media aides. The decision was made due to alleged disloyal actions during the governor's overseas vacation.

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