Human rights lawyer, Mr. Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa (SAN), has lent his voice to the leadership crisis in Ondo State, describing grounds for the impeachment moves against the embattled deputy governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as fabricated lies.
Olu-Adegboruwa, speaking during a personality programme on Channels Television, wondered why the Ondo State House of Assembly should busy itself with mundane allegations to get rid of the deputy governor.
Appraising the Ondo situation, the legal practitioner punctured the key allegation of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor by the House, averring that Aiyedatiwa could not have spent N300m to purchase an armoured Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) while his boss was away to Germany on medical vacation.
“There is no misconduct, much less gross misconduct,. You talked about N300m and I’m challenging anybody to produce any document that shows that (the sum) was approved by the deputy governor to purchase a vehicle.
“”I’m challenging anybody to prove it because you cannot just use the process of the House of Assembly for stoking crisis in the state.”
Olu- Adegboruwa observed that Aiyedatiwa who was Acting Governor while Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was on medical vacation abroad could not have diverted N300m from the palliative fund to buy a jeep, as the chairman of Palliatives Fund Committee is the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa.
“During the period when the deputy governor was acting governor, it was the…commissioner for finance that was the chairman of the palliative Committee; the Acting governor did not have access to palliative fund, so he could not have diverted money,” he stressed.
The senior advocate also sneered at a claim by the Ondo lawmakers that Aiyedatiwa was making afforts to impeach Akeredolu in absentia, daring any Assembly member who was lobbied by the deputy governor to support such impeachment plot, to speak out.
In the same vein, he described as beer parlour talk, allegation that Aiyedatiwa instigated one of his aides to publish a supposed obituary of Akeredolu, describing it as one of the fabricated lies to sacrifice the deputy governor for political gains.
“I don’t think in my wildest imagination that the House of Assembly of Ondo State could busy itself with this mundane allegations,” Olu-Adegboruwa lamented.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Chief Kehinde Buraimoh, has urged security agents in the state to display neutrality in their roles in the unfolding political drama.
Buraimoh remarked that when the impeachment moves against the deputy governor began at the House of Assembly last Wednesday, the security agents barred politicians believed to be loyal to the deputy from entering the Assembly complex, but allowed in, political thugs believed to be loyal to the governor.