Kogi Assembly Impeaches Dep-Gov Simon Achuba • Bello Names Onoja As New Dep-Gov

Posted by GRANDNEWS | 1 January 1970 | 482 times

The Kogi State House of Assembly on Friday impeached the Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba. There has been no love lost between the State Govenor, Yaya Bello and Achuba.

Achuba was removed after the committee set up to investigate the allegations of misconduct levelled against him submitted its report.

The seven-man committee submitted the report to Mathew Kolawole, speaker of the assembly, on Friday.

Kolawole lauded the committee for “doing its assignment without yielding to interference from any quarter”.

The house later went into a closed door session where the report was deliberated upon.

Moments later, Abdulahi, representing Ajaokuta state constituency, said Achuba was impeached after a careful consideration of the report submitted by the committee.

He said the report was received, studied and deliberated upon and a unanimous decision was arrived at to remove Achuba.

The ousted deputy governor fell out with Yahaya Bello, the governor, shortly after they were sworn into office.

At the height of their disagreement, Achuba threatened to sue Bello over unpaid allowances to the tune of N819 million.

He had said the unpaid allowances were captured in the state’s 2017, 2018 and 2019 budgets but that did not bring about a change in the situation.

Achuba had claimed in an interview he grant to TheCable that he was being witch-hunted because of his decision to expose corruption.

“If I expose corruption, and they are suddenly saying that I am the (serpent) of government, then you are part of that corruption. Because if I say somebody has (so, so) amount, and that amount was enough for the man to pay salaries and have overhead and do projects even without screening, and I say with screening, you have (so, so) amount that can do projects and do all that we are crying for, without even the bailout, without the Paris-club refund and all that. And you say it is an impeachment offence, then where are we going as a nation?” he had asked.

“I thought ordinarily that being the watchdog of society (the state assembly) would conduct an investigation into what I have said. And it is an irony, indeed, that, I, who is exposing corruption, is the one being served an impeachment notice. Not the person that is corrupt, and for your information I have not been served the impeachment notice, and it is alleged completely.”

Meanwhile, Governor Bello in a swift move has nominated Edward Onoja, his running mate in the November 16 election and former Chief of Staff, as deputy governor of the state. There are reports that Onoja would be sworn in today, Saturday.

An ally of Bello, Onoja is the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet. Their relationship predates the emergence of Bello in 2016.

Aged 44, the indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi, is a Geologist.

He sought the ticket of the former All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011. He was the Chief Strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015 and the state director of the Kogi Youth Arise Group, which worked for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari, still in 2015.

He formally resigned as Chief of Staff two days ago while Abdulkareem Jamiu, a pharmacist, was appointed to replace him. (Source: TheCable)


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