By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The embattled former Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba who was impeached by the State House of Assembly, has disclosed that he still remained the Deputy Governor of the state.
Achuba who was addressing the journalists at his personal residence in Lokoja, stated that his purported impeachment is illegal, unconstitutional null and void and cannot stand test of time.
He, therefore, called on President Muhammad Buhari to beam searchlight on the level of lawlessness going on in Kogi state to prevent an emergence of another Boko Haram insurgency.
He stated that he had already instructed his legal counsel to commence judicial process to reclaim his mandate and put an end to executive lawlessness happening in the state.
Achuba lamented that he was treated like a common criminal when police were drafted to prevent entry and exist from his official residence while electrify to his house was disconnected and his generator disabled.
Meanwhile, the leader of the state House of Assembly, Hassan Bello Abdulahi in a statement on behalf of members accused the judicial panel of inquiry of compromise in the assignment given to them.
Bello said, “Based on the “Rule of Procedure” given to members of the panel, their assignment was a fact-finding one, and were not required to give any resolution.
“The panel submitted report to us and based on their report, we gave our verdict. The rule of procedure says that the Panel is a fact finding panel; they are not to give judgment and it was in the rule of procedure which they accepted. They are not supposed to give any verdict in this circumstance.
“The decision of whether the deputy governor is guilty or not guilty is that of the House. If you look at Section 188(11), it says the House of Assembly is the only authority which determines what gross misconduct is. It is not for the panel to say proved or not proved.”
On the issue of the Panel’s report flying everywhere, “I don’t know where that is coming from, can you imagine the Panel chairman who said while addressing pressmen at the assembly complex shortly after he submitted the reports to the Speaker that it is not constitutional for him to disclose what is in report since he has submitted to the appropriate channel, how come few minutes later the whole report were on social media even before the deliberation of the House on the same report, again just to let you know that even the report in the public domain is not signed, for us, we know that the panel has comprised in the process’
In the rule of procedure, it was written boldly that the Panel shall not give the report of their investigation to anybody except to the House of Assembly.
“We question the rationale behind the statement credited to the Panel Chairman, Barr. John Baiyeshea on the issue and wonder; what is his interest?”he quipped.
“So, if the panel has gone ahead to release the report to anybody, that means they compromised.
“It is a known fact that the impeached Deputy Governor was on some National Television Stations discussing issues that should be classified information about the State Government, going against the oath of secrecy he swore to himself. Does that not amount to a gross misconduct?
Even at the panel, Elder Simon Achuba confirmed that he did appear on those stations then how come the Panel said it was not proved.
Aside that, he also affirmed through an affidavit that he did commit the offence as alleged and beside the reports he submitted came in three parts, part 1, 2, 3, how come, the version on social media is only part 1 and 2.
In a nut shell his actions already negates the oath of secrecy, is that not gross misconduct?
“Achuba also lied that he was not paid his salary when the schedules of payment showed clearly that he was paid. These and many more show that he negates his function as a Deputy governor.”