Ilaje indigenes protest impeachment process against Ondo Deputy Governor |


Hundreds of indigenes from Ilaje communities in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State took to the streets of Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday, to voice their discontent with the ongoing impeachment process against the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Aiyedatiwa, who hails from Ilaje, was served an impeachment notice by the Ondo State House of Assembly last Wednesday over allegations of gross misconduct.

The protesters, donning placards in their hands, blocked the entrance to the State House of Assembly.

They passionately chanted various solidarity songs in support of the embattled deputy governor.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: “Justice for Lucky, Lucky is innocent,” “Stop alleging him wrongly, Ilaje Nation stands with Aiyedatiwa,” “Aketi, Lucky is not your enemy,” and “Let Lucky finish his term,” among several others.

The protesters criticised the state lawmakers for initiating the impeachment plan without seeking input from their constituents.

They emphasised that the legislators should have focused on addressing urgent matters instead of participating in what they viewed as a politically motivated witch hunt against Aiyedatiwa.

While speaking on behalf of the protesters, founder of the Ilaje World Congress, Ola Juda, stated that the indigenes of Ilaje would not tolerate the impeachment move against Aiyedatiwa.

“Aketi/Lucky mandate was given to both of them, and if Aketi is still the governor of Ondo State, our own mandate as the deputy governor still remains.

“Any of the members of the house of assembly from Ilaje land that sign any motives of impeachment against Lucky Ayiedatiwa, against the Ilaje mandate, is on his own; the Ilaje people have not sent him to sign anything; they haven’t told us that Lucky has done anything bad.

“The cabals have come together to say that Lucky beats his wife, and now they say it is gross misconduct. They would later say he wants Aketi to die. Did Agbola also want Aketi to die? Now it is lucky that he wants Aketi to die.

“Anybody should not tamper with the mandate of Ilaje. If you think you can chase Lucky, don’t worry; we will pay you back next year in the same coin.”

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