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The Ondo State House of Assembly has issues a notice of impeachment to the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, following allegations of gross miaconsuxt.

The house directed the Clerk of the House, Benjamin Jaiyeola to forward the notice to the deputy governor.

This followed a decision reached by the house at plenary on Wednesday.

A Petition, detailing the allegations, signed by nine out of the 26 members of the House was presented to members at an emergency plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olamide Oladiji.

Indications that the deputy governor would be impeached were apparent earlier on Wednesday morning, when the house leadership summoned an emergency session of the house.

It was then rumoured that Mr Aiyedatiwa was the issue on the agenda and he might be facing an impeachment process.

There was also heavy presence of security men at the Assembly gate during the meeting of the house.

Loyalists to the governor had accused Mr Aiyedatiwa of making surreptitious moves against his principal while Acting as Governor.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu recently returned from Germany where he had been hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment in the last three months.

Through the period, Mr Aiyedatiwa was Acting Governor, but not without contentions within the cabinet that was factionalized.

Some cabinet members did not support him while holding the forte for his principal.

On arrival, Mr Akeredolu sacked all the media aides to the deputy governor.

The House easier denied that it was considering impeaching Mr Aiyedatiwa when confronted with the question.

Doyin Odebowale, Special Adviser to the governor on Special Duties, while speaking on channels television last week, had said the governor was not vindictive and would not be involved in petty politics despite the poor treatment by those who ran the government in his absence.

Mr Akeredolu also had issues with his first deputy, Agboola Ajayi, for nursing an ambition to succeed him.

Mr Ajayi was to be impeached, but for the failure of the house to secure the needed two thirds majority.

He later resigned on his own to contest the governorship against Mr Akeredolu on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party.

However, members who did not support his impeachment and whose actions frustrated it suffered various persecutions at the house before their tenure expired.

The deputy speaker then, Iroju Ogundeji, was later impeached, while others were expelled from the party, just as non-party members were suspended by the house

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