The Ondo State House of Assembly has given a fresh directive to the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, to set up a seven-man panel to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
The Assembly began the impeachment process against the deputy governor last week, serving him with a notice containing 14 allegations of gross misconduct.
The House, at the Tuesday plenary, said the deputy governor had yet to respond to the allegations.
The Majority Leader, Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, therefore, moved a motion to direct the Chief Judge to set up a panel to commence Aiyedatiwa’s probe. The motion was seconded by Mr Felix Afe.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, who confirmed the alleged failure of Aiyedatiwa to respond to the allegations, said the letter of notice was received by the Chief Protocol Officer of the deputy governor on his ( Aiyedatiwa) behalf.
According to the Speaker, Section 188 of the Nigerian Constitution stipulates that the Assembly should wait for seven days for the deputy governor to respond, which had lapsed.