The Ondo Masses Solidarity Movement (MSM) has revealed that the embattled deputy governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, did not withdraw the lawsuit he filed against his impeachment by the Ondo State House of Assembly.
A national daily had reported that Aiyedatiwa’s lawyer, Mr. Ebun-olu Adegboruwa (SAN), informed the court that the deputy governor wished to withdraw the suit following the intervention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in the matter.
However, the MSM, in a statement signed by its coordinator, Chief Ogunyemi Jeremiah, asserted that the story was planted in the newspaper to delay the court case and mislead the public about a reconciliation effort.
“In light of the ongoing developments in the impeachment process of Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, we find it necessary to address the spread of fake news as published in today’s newspaper.
“We urge the public to disregard the false news claiming that Aiyedatiwa has withdrawn his lawsuit against his impeachment. This story, as published, was the work of individuals attempting to delay the case and extend the impeachment process.
“In fact, if anything, the deputy governor has shown that he is not ready for reconciliation. His consistent reference to the reconciliation committee appears to be an act of deception and pretense. It is disappointing that the deputy governor professes reconciliation while actively pursuing legal actions.
“Just moments ago, the deputy governor appealed the ruling of the Akure High Court that declined jurisdiction on the suit challenging his impeachment. This contradicts Aiyedatiwa’s reconciliation stance. One cannot advocate for reconciliation while simultaneously initiating court proceedings.
“As stakeholders in Ondo State, we have lost confidence in the deputy governor’s ability to continue holding public office. Resorting to legal measures to halt impeachment proceedings, especially when facing serious allegations related to taxpayers’ money without providing any response, is a disservice to the people of the state” the group said.