The Ondo State House of Assembly has explained that the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has disregarded the impeachment notice he was served in response to allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him.
Olamide Oladiji, the Speaker of the Assembly, emphasized that the notice served on Aiyedatiwa was received by his Chief Protocol Officer.
Oladiji noted that the action was undertaken in accordance with Section 188 of the Nigerian Constitution, which stipulates the necessary procedures for such matters.
He further explained that despite making concerted efforts to deliver the notice to the deputy governor, he was unavailable for service.
He further added that the Assembly had to resort to legal measures, seeking a court order for substituted service on the deputy governor.
“On the 25th of September, a substituted service of the notice of allegations was made to the deputy governor, duly signed by more than one-third of the Honourable Members of the House as required by the Constitution in Section 188 Sub-section 2,” he said.
According to him, the Constitution stipulates that the Assembly should wait for seven days for the embattled deputy governor to respond, which has lapsed.
Meanwhile, the state Assembly has told the Chief Judge of the State to constitute a panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Aiyedatiwa.