The Ondo State House of Assembly has stated that it will look into a political solution to the ongoing impeachment proceedings against the state’s controversial Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
However, the Assembly stated that all judicial lawsuits started by Aiyedatiwa in connection with the impeachment process must be abandoned before pursuing a possible political solution.
The move follows the intervention of Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Following a meeting at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday, the impeachment attempt against Aiyedatiwa was temporarily halted.
Olatunji Oshati, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, stated in a statement that the prospect of a political solution would be endorsed after consultations with Assembly members representing diverse political parties.
“The Hon. Speaker restated that the House was only exercising its responsibility under S.188 of the 1999 Constitution, having received a petition accusing the Deputy Governor of some allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office.
“The House, therefore, hopes that in the same spirit of genuine wish for a political solution, the Deputy-Governor would take immediate steps to withdraw the multiple court cases he filed over the same impeachment.
“This would allow the stakeholders to freely discuss the settlement proposals and prevent actions or comments over a matter that is still subjudice.”
The Assembly has submitted 14 claims of gross misconduct and abuse of authority against Aiyedatiwa in the last several weeks, resulting in a heated impeachment process.
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