The crisis of confidence between kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Simon Achuba got to it’s climax on Wednesday, as the House of Assembly announced the commencement of impeachment process against the state Deputy Governor.
The impeachment notice was read by the majority leader of the House, Abdullahi Bello (Ajaokuta, APC) as a petition on the floor of the assembly.
Recalled that the deputy governor have been engaged in a running battle with his principal, Alhaji Yahaya Bello since 2017.
The matter got to it’s climax few weeks ago, when the deputy Governor threatened to dragg the Governor to court over his unpaid allowances since 2017.
The Governor had responded swiftly by saying that his government was prepared to meet Achuba in court over what he described as Achuba’s “bogus demand.
As if this was not enough, the deputy governor had last week cried out that his life was in grave danger, saying that the governor’s gunmen have been directed to eliminate him, “Hold Governor Bello responsible if anything happens to me and any member of my family.
All these was coming after Achuba visited the presidency to formerly report governor Yahaya Bello for possible intervention and amicable resolution of the face off.
But in this latest development, the lawmakers said that they precipitated their petition on three grounds of criminal indulgence, financial misappropriation and non performance.
The majority leader who affirmed that 21 out of the 25 lawmakers signed the petition said the allegations, actions and utterances of the deputy governor amounted to gross misconduct.
He cited Section 188 of 1999 Constitution as ammended and thereafter prayed the House to commence investigation into the impeachment move for the deputy governor.
The Speaker, Kolawole Matthew while agreeing with theprayers as contained in the petition, directed the petition to be served on the deputy governor for him to respond within 14 days as specified by the law.Share this on WhatsApp