…directs CJ to constitute investigative panel

The Ondo State House of Assembly says that the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has failed to respond to letter of notice submitted to him on September, 25th on alleged gross misconduct levelled against him.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt Hon. Olamide Oladiji said the letter was submitted to the deputy governor through his Chief Protocol Officer.

Speaking at the plenary session on Tuesday in Akure, Oladiji said it was resolved by the assembly that in line with Section 188 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, the deputy governor should be duly served a notice of the said allegations to enable him reply the query as appropriate.

“Concerted efforts were made to serve the Notice on the Deputy Governor, who for some time was not available for the service, prompting the House to approach the court for a substituted service of the Notice on the Deputy Governor.

“On 25th of September, 2023 a substituted service of the notice of allegations was made on the Deputy Governor duly signed by more than one-third Honourable Members of the House as required by the Constitution in Section 188 Sub-section 2,” he stated.

According to him, the constitution stipulates that the assembly should wait for seven days for the embattled deputy governor to respond which has lapsed.

To this end, the Speaker directed the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olusegun Odusola, to immediately set up a seven-man panel to investigate the Deputy Governor on the allegations leveled against him.

“Distinguished colleagues, Section 188 of the Constitution states that the Deputy Governor has 7 days within which to reply to the allegations leveled against him.

“The Constitution states further that within seven days of the passing of a motion under the foregoing provisions of this section, the Chief Judge of the State shall at the request of the speaker of the House of Assembly, appoint a panel of seven persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity, not being members of any public service, legislative house or political party, to investigate the allegation(s) as provided in this section.

“Distinguished colleagues, I, therefore, wish to seek your opinion to direct the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Hon. Justice Olusegun Ayedun Odusola, to, in line with this section of the constitution, set up a seven-man panel to investigate the Deputy Governor on the allegations leveled against him,” he said.

The Speaker directed the Clerk, Jaiyeola Benjamin, on a headcount where they have 23 members out of 26 at the plenary. Through a voice vote, members gave a nod for the CJ to constitute the panel.

Earlier, the Majority Leader, Mr Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi,( Owo 1/APC), moved the motion for the Notice on the Ondo State Impeachment Panel Procedure Rules that the panel should be constituted by the Chief Judge of the state.The motion was seconded by Hon Olajide Oguntodu (Akure 1/PDP).

“In line with the express provision of Section 188 (10) of the Constitution, the Panel shall not entertain or be bound by any court order or decision questioning or interfering with its proceedings.

“The parties to the petition shall have the right to appear in person or through their legal practitioners.

“Upon the conclusion of its investigation and within three months after its inauguration, the Panel shall submit its report to the House of Assembly in whatever form it considers most efficient and serve a copy of it on the office holder,” Ogunmolasuyi stated.

The Majority leader earlier moved a motion on the notice of motion on the Ondo State impeachment panel procedure rules,2023

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