…promises to follow due process

…urges constituents to refrain from hasty conclusions

The Ondo State House of Assembly has said it will not jump any procedures in looking into the allegations levelled against the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

In a statement signed by the House information committee chairman, Olatunji Oshati, the assembly maintained that the allegations remain allegations until proven otherwise through thorough findings.

The spokesman of the house said members of the public need not rush into conclusions of the deputy governor being impeached as the process, which started with notifying Aiyedatiwa of the allegations against him, will be suspended if findings show them as baseless.

Oshati, therefore, reiterated the commitment of the house to keep its integrity by adhering to laid down procedures in investigating such issues.

Below is the full text of the statement:

On the Impeachment Process of the Deputy Governor: Our Position

We find it necessary to address some misconceptions regarding the allegation letter served on the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa. It is crucial that our people understand that an allegation letter does not equate to an impeachment verdict.

Indeed, the allegation letter served to the Deputy Governor marks the initiation of the impeachment proceedings. However, it’s essential to remember that this is a procedure rooted in due process, not a hastily conducted impeachment. We are conscious of the integrity of our present assembly and will not falter in our constitutional responsibilities to our constituents.

We wish to declare, unequivocally, that the entire process remains within the realm of allegations. We are committed to examining these allegations objectively. Our primary responsibility is to uphold the integrity of our beloved state and foster accountability and transparency, even at the highest levels of government.

Consequently, we urge our constituents to refrain from making premature judgments. Neither the Deputy Governor nor the Governor are immune to legislative actions. The allegation letter has been served, and Mr. Deputy Governor has the full right to defend himself. Rest assured, we are committed to following due process and will do so diligently.

Hon. Olatunji Oshati
Chairman, House Committee on Information,
Ondo State House of Assembly.

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