——Issues 14 day Ultimatum to Reply
Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Following the outburst of the Deputy governor, Elder Simon Achuba against the perceived persecution and frustrations by his boss, Kogi State House of Assembly has commenced the impeachment process to remove him has the Deputy
The hitherto cold war however took a dramatic turn when the embattled Deputy Governor went to report governor nor Yahaya Bello of unpaid Salary of over N817 million and other allowances and subsequent press briefing where he told journalists that his life is in danger.
Since last Thursday , Achuba has been visiting media houses to express concern over the bad governance in Kogi State.
However, the members of Kogi State House Assembly have described the action as a gross misconduct against the governor of the state Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the people of the state.
The impeachment process followed the petition signed by 21 members of the House which was presented at on the floor of the House by the Majority Leader , Hon. Abdullahi Bello representing Ajaokuta state constituency on Wednesday at plenary.
Parts of the petition read “We the members of the Kogi State House of Assembly have in the past few weeks and days watched keenly the actions and utterances of the Deputy Governor of Kogi state , Elder Simon Achuba , both in public and national television with regards to the government of Kogi state , the governor of Kogi state and other key officials of the state government especially the allegations of crimes, financial misappropriation and non performance levelled against them.
“It is our belief that these actions and utterances of the Deputy Governor amounts to gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office”
The petition also alleged that the committee of the Kogi state government set up to look into the Iyano crises in Ibaji local government , made some finding that indicted the Deputy Governor over his actions in relation to the escalation of the crisis .
“It is our view that that Deputy Governor is guilty of gross misconduct and he ought to answer to and or substantiate all these allegations”
The Speaker of the House however has directed that the petition should be transmitted to the Deputy , giving him two weeks to reply while investigation into the alleged misconduct commenced.