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Ondo Assembly Shuns All Progressives Congress (APC), Resumes Aiyedatiwa’s Impeachment Process

Despite moves by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to resolve the political rift in Ondo State, the State Assembly has written a fresh letter to the state Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, to constitute a panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Recall that the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, had constituted a high-powered panel to resolve issues between Aiyedatiwa, the State Assembly, and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

But in a letter signed by the Speaker, Olamide Oladiji, the House said the impeachment process resumed after the expiration of the ex parte order of the Federal High Court.

The letter was titled, ‘Request to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, following the expiration of the interim injunction of the Federal High Court in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1294/2023 by operation of the law.’

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The letter read in part, “The Ondo State House of Assembly had on 3rd October 2023 requested Your Lordship to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled by the House against the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, in line with Section 188 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“In a reply letter dated October 6, 2023, Your Lordship acknowledged and quoted Section 188 (10) of the Constitution, which states that ‘No proceedings or determination of the House of Assembly or the panel or any matter relating to such proceedings or determination shall be entertained or questioned in any court.’

“Your Lordship, however, opined that until the ex parte order made on September 26, 2023, by the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court restraining you from setting up the panel was either vacated or set aside, your hands would continue to be tied.

“However, from the facts and legal advice at the disposal of the House, the said order has now elapsed and/or become extinguished by the operation of the law, in view of the clear provisions of Order 26 Rule 10 (2) & (3) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019.

“Your Lordship would agree that the said order has elapsed by the operation of the law and no longer constitutes an encumbrance for Your Lordship to discharge the sacred constitutional obligation placed on your office by virtue of Section 188 (5) of the Constitution to set up the seven-man panel.

“Consequently, the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly hereby calls on Your Lordship to kindly constitute the panel without any further delay.”

Recall that the House had suspended the impeachment process against the deputy governor following the intervention of the national leadership of the APC.

The Speaker had, at the Abuja meeting with the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, and other party stalwarts, announced that the House had suspended the impeachment process.

The House subsequently called on Aiyedatiwa to withdraw all the suits filed against the lawmakers and Akeredolu..…CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>

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