The Ondo State House of Assembly has denied the accusation of witch-hunting following its impeachment move on the Deputy Governor of the State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
It would be recalled that the House of Assembly, on Wednesday, directed the Clerk of the House, Benjamin Jaiyeola, to write the Deputy Governor to respond to the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him.
The Deputy Governor was given a seven-day ultimatum to reply to the petition signed by 23 out of 26 members of the House.
Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s “Politics Today” on Thursday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Oshati Olatunji, emphasized that the primary objective was not to target the Deputy Governor but to address allegations of gross misconduct.
”The onus is on him to prove to the House that all these allegations are false. We have told him that when you are in possession of petitions, we are duty-bound as a legislature to do our job, we are not witch-hunting anybody.
“What we are saying now is for the Deputy Governor to give us a reply for all these allegations within seven days. There are many allegations and it borders on misconduct. It is our duty that when you receive a petition, it is best thing for us to look into it. We have said it on several fora that we are not witch-hunting, we are just doing our job and our job is to investigate and by the time we finish the investigation, the whole world will see. We are not after witch-hunting anybody; we are after sanitising the system.
“There are about five allegations with us here that borders on misappropriation. Those were the allegations from the petition and it is left for him to defend himself. If he answers well, we are not after witch-hunting.”
The impeachment process initiated against the Deputy Governor began after the return of the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, from a medical trip abroad.