Impeachment axe dangles in Ebonyi

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After a few months of stability in the state, the impeachment saga is rearing up its head in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State with the state Governor Martins Elechi’s top job threatened.

The State House of Assembly last Friday began the process to impeach Martins Elechi with the approval of a motion to remove him from office on charges of stealing and misappropriation of state funds.

The motion, which had majority support of members of the assembly, was tabled by the Acting Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Ogbonnaya Francis Nwifruru, who read out a list of offences and complaints against the governor who has been in a long and stormy battle with the assembly.

The Assembly last week constituted a panel to investigate the governor following petitions it received from various stakeholders accusing him and the executive of contract inflations amongst other infractions.

The panel completed its investigations earlier this week and found Elechi culpable even though the governor on Friday after the impeachment notice was served maintained that some powerful members of his party at the national level, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Uche Sekondus; spokesman of the PDP, Olisa Metuh; and former governor Sam Egwu, were behind the impeachment plot.

He alleged that the men had offered monies to members of the house to impeach him from office in order to have a firm control of the treasury of the state.

With just barely three months to the end of his tenure, Elechi faces impeachment if found guilty by an impeachment panel expected to be constituted next week.

 

The legislator accused the Governor of huge financial misappropriation, undermining of the integrity of the House, among other offences.

Governor Elechi had on 19 February, 2015, alleged that there was a plot by some politicians to impeach him according to reports.

He said: “I want to bring to your notice that some politicians, who have vowed to govern this state at all cost, have been holding secret meetings on how to impeach me. They said I’m a bad person and if I remain in power, they will not be able to rule the state. If they sack me, I will relocate to my home town”.

He urged youths not to allow the state to be taken over by politicians who are not after their welfare.

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