Impeachment: Ondo CJ Declines Setting Up Probe Panel On Deputy Governor

The impeachment process embarked upon by the Ondo State House of Assembly to remove the state Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa might have hit the rock as the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola turned down the request of the Assembly to constitute a 7-person investigation panel to investigate the deputy governor on allegations leveled against him.

The Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi confirmed to journalists in Akure that the Chief Judge wrote to the Assembly on the reason he could not honor the request of the Assembly.

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Justice Odusola cited an exparte order granted and served on him by an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Emeka Nwite, restraining him from constituting the panel.

Meanwhile, the Majority Leader, who confirmed the development on the telephone, told journalists that the Assembly would surely follow due process and obey the laws of the land.

He declared that “we are going to follow the due process no matter how the hindrance may be.”

Ogunmolasuyi stated that section 188 of the 1999 constitution as amended was explicit on the process for the impeachment of a governor or deputy governor of a state.

He insisted that the Assembly would not deviate from the dictates of the constitution on the impeachment process of Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

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