The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has filed a lawsuit at the Ondo State High Court seeking to stop the state House of Assembly from proceeding with plans to impeach him.
In Suit No. AK/348/2023, Mr Aiyedatiwa is asking the court to declare the impeachment process by the Assembly unconstitutional and a breach of his rights to fair hearing. He argues that no notice of allegations of gross misconduct has been served on him as required by Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution.
The Deputy Governor is seeking several declarations and injunctions to restrain the Assembly, its leadership, the State Government, and the Chief Judge from taking any steps to remove him from office. He wants the court to set aside any purported notice of allegations of gross misconduct against him.
Mr Aiyedatiwa has named the Ondo State Government, Governor, House of Assembly, Speaker of the Assembly, Clerk of the Assembly, and Chief Judge as defendants.
In an affidavit supporting the suit filed by his lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN, Mr Aiyedatiwa narrated his loyalty to the Governor despite health challenges and denied any wrongdoing. He accused the Assembly of persecuting him without a lawful basis.
Mr. Aiyedatiwa is seeking court orders to restore all privileges and media aides attached to his office as Deputy Governor, which was allegedly dismissed without notice.