Ondo State House of Assembly says it has suspended the impeachment proceedings against the state’s Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
According to the House, the decision was taken during its plenary session on Thursday, following the refusal of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola, to set up a panel to probe the embattled deputy governor.
Disclosing the development on Friday, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olatunji Oshati, said the House would abide by the order of the court, hence the suspension of the proceedings on Aiyedatiwa’s impeachment.
Oshati said, “We have considered the letter which is everywhere in the public domain and we are halting the impeachment process until the order of the Federal High Court is vacated.
“It is not about being arrogant with power, it is about holding public officers accountable. It also shows that the process of impeachment transcends the monopoly of the legislature as we can see that the judiciary has stalled it.
“This is to show that it is not about witch-hunting, it is about carrying out our oversight functions,”
On Wednesday, Justice Odusola informed the Assembly of his inability to set up the panel.
Odusola was said to have cited a subsisting court ex parte order restraining him from carrying out the directive of the Assembly.