The Ondo State House of Assembly has served impeachment notice on the embattled deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi.
The decision to serve the deputy governor with the impeachment notice was taken at plenary session presided over by the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon.Bamidele Oleyelogun.
The deputy governor has been in the eye of the storm following his resignation from the All Progressives Congress and defection to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Fourteen out of the 26-member Assembly served the notice, three lawmakers including the speaker, Oleyelogun, are yet to decide while nine dissociated themselves from the move.
All the members of the Assembly except one lawmaker, were present at the sitting held under heavy security.
Although journalists were barred from covering the proceedings, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Gbenga Omole, told reporters that 14 members signed the notice while the House needed only nine members.
He said: “In fact only nine members of the 26 members are needed to sign the impeachment move but the House needs 18 to do the impeachment proper.
“It is a process , we are at the first process, when the time come the required 18 will sign the impeachment.”
Omole added that only few journalists were allowed into the Assembly chamber in order to follow COVID-19 guidelines.
However, one of the members against the impeachment move, Hon. Festus Akingbaso, said the impeachment notice was unconstitutional, saying it would not stand because ” it does not meet two-third of the House members required by law.”
Also, Hon. Samuel Edamisan, representing Irele Constituency, stated that the move by the Assembly was unconstitutional, insisting that it would not work.