The Ondo State House of Assembly has plunged into a significant political development, directing its Clerk, Jaiyeola Benjamin, to write to Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa about allegations of gross misconduct against him.
Members of the House, nine out of 26, signed the petition and revealed it during Wednesday’s plenary, with Speaker Olamide Oladiji presiding.
Majority Leader of the House, Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, cited section 188 of the Nigeria Constitution to justify writing to Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa about the allegations before the house.
Tope Agbulu, a representative for Akoko South West 2, seconded this motion, and the Clerk of the House then read the notice of motion.
After a unanimous vote by the lawmakers, the speaker decided to send the letter to the Deputy Governor.
The Root of the Controversy:
Insiders say the controversy began when Aiyedatiwa approved a sum of N300 million to purchase a bulletproof SUV for his personal use, allegedly while the state Governor was recuperating in Germany.
They also revealed that Aiyedatiwa instructed that officials source the N300 million from the palliative fund, a provision from the Federal government designed to help states meet their citizens’ needs.
This situation highlights the Assembly’s steadfast commitment to enforcing accountability, even to the highest levels of state governance.
The ongoing events involving Lucky Aiyedatiwa are raising questions about governance and accountability within the state. The Assembly is showing its determination to meticulously address allegations of misconduct and maintain transparency and responsibility in state governance.
Why is Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa facing gross misconduct charges?
Aiyedatiwa is facing charges due to his approval of N300 million for a bulletproof SUV from the palliative fund while the Governor was recuperating in Germany.
Who initiated the impeachment process against Lucky Aiyedatiwa?
The Ondo State House of Assembly initiated the impeachment process, with nine out of 26 members signing the petition.
What is the palliative fund meant for?
The palliative fund is a provision from the Federal government designed to help states in addressing the needs of their citizens.
What will happen next after the Assembly decides to write to the Deputy Governor?
The Assembly will likely conduct an investigation into the allegations, and depending on the findings, further actions, including a possible impeachment, may follow.
Has the Deputy Governor responded to the allegations?
As of now, there is no official response from Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa regarding the allegations of gross misconduct against him.
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