The Ondo State House of Assembly has initiated impeachment proceedings against the deputy governor of the state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, over allegations of gross misuse of office.
The impeachment process was launched on Wednesday during an emergency plenary session of the House, where 23 out of the 26 lawmakers signed the impeachment notice against Aiyedatiwa.
The deputy governor was accused of engaging in activities inconsistent with the responsibilities and expectations of his office, especially in relation to the approval of N300 million for the purchase of a bulletproof Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) for his personal use.
According to a source in the House, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Aiyedatiwa ordered the N300 million to be sourced from the palliative fund, which was meant to provide relief to the people affected by Oil Subsidy.
The source said that the approval was granted while Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was recovering in Germany from a medical treatment.
The Majority Leader of the House, Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, cited section 188 of the Nigerian Constitution, which stipulates the procedure for impeaching a governor or a deputy governor on grounds of gross misconduct.
He said that the House had to serve a notice of allegations to Aiyedatiwa and give him an opportunity to respond before taking any further action.
The motion was seconded by Tope Agbulu, a PDP lawmaker representing Akoko Southwest 2.
The Speaker of the House, Adeoye Aribasoye, directed the Clerk of the House, Benjamin Jaiyeola, to draft a letter to Aiyedatiwa, informing him of the allegations levelled against him and asking him to respond within 14 days.