Lawyer faults allegations against Ondo deputy gov

30th September 2023

Lucky Aiyedatiwa

Ondo State deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

By Peter Dada

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A legal practitioner, Mr Allen Sowore, has faulted all the allegations levelled against the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, by the state House of Assembly, describing the allegations as frivolous and ridiculous.

It was gathered that the gross misconduct allegation against the embattled deputy governor had been broken down into 14 offences.

Some of the allegations include speaking against the governor’s health, causing division among the state executive members, and misappropriation of funds among others.

The lawyer, in a statement on Saturday, said there was a need for the House to employ fairness and evidence-based approach in dealing with the matter.

Taking some of the allegations, Sowore said, “Allegation one, press release and interview against the governor, particularly as it pertains to his health. Apart from the fact that section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) guarantees freedom of expression, where exactly did the deputy governor make unfair comments about the governor’s health?

“The governor has sacked all the deputy governor’s media aides for the same offence, yet there’s no evidence. The action of Mr. Governor in this regard is, in effect, an attack on press freedom. The media handlers of Mr. Governor have not disclosed any information about the governor’s health status and whereabouts to avoid misinformation.