The Ondo State House of Assembly has affirmed it is following proper procedures in investigating allegations against Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa. This follows accusations 22 of 26 legislators support impeaching him.
Assembly spokesperson Olatunji Oshati said serving the notice of allegations only initiated proceedings, and did not equate to removal. He stated the process remains in the realm of claims under examination.
Oshati reiterated the lawmakers’ commitment to due process, adding the deputy governor has full rights to defend himself against the charges. The allegations include financial misdeeds and gross misconduct.
While impeachment speculations swirl, the Assembly maintains it is simply executing its constitutional duty to probe accusations about Aiyedatiwa objectively.
Analysts however contend that issuing a notice of allegations is typically the first step in removing an executive office holder. The deputy governor’s fate hangs in the balance as he prepares his response.
With Governor Akeredolu’s own position threatened by defections, the impeachment crisis has plunged Ondo into uncertainty. But the lawmakers insist they will follow proper impeachment protocols as the investigation continues.
The Assembly seeks to underscore its integrity amidst pressure from all sides. But critics argue impartiality is doubtful if a majority have already decided on impeachment beforehand. The Ondo legislative probe highlights issues surrounding transparency in impeachment proceedings.