- The chief press secretary to the Benue state governor, Terver Akase, insists that Ortom remains the executive governor of the state
- The spokesperson to the government states that Terkimbi Ikyange, who is allegedly coordinating the impeachment plot against the governor has been suspended for 6 months
- PDP says it is unlawful and highly unconstitutional for eight out of 30 Assembly members to propose an impeachment against Governor Ortom
The chief press secretary to the Benue state governor, Terver Akase, has said the eight House of Assembly members who served Governor Samuel Ortom an impeachment notice on Monday, July 30, lacked the constitutional powers to impeach the governor.
Akase insisted that Ortom remained the executive governor of the state and could only be impeached through legal means, The Guardian reports.
He said: “Ortom is still the Chief Executive of the State. You can’t just impeach a Governor in a flash. You have to go through all the legal and constitutional processes.
“They have not been able to form a quorum, so it is not possible. Only eight people served the governor the notice, even at that, 2 other members who were part of the kangaroo sitting were on the side of the governor, so how can anybody call that an impeachment notice. It’s laughable and must be ignored completely.
“And for the record, there is a court injunction restricting the impeached Speaker from parading himself as the Speaker of the House and that court injunction has not been vacated."
The governor’s spokesperson said the lawmaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, who is allegedly coordinating the impeachment plot against Ortom had been suspended for 6 months. Akase said Ikyange does not have any constitutional right to go back to the Assembly.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Nigerian police of being an interested party in the alleged plot to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.
The party in a tweet on Monday, July 30, said eight lawmakers loyal to former governor, George Akume, were escorted into the state House of Assembly complex by the police, while 17 others believed to be PDP members were barred from the complex.
The opposition described the alleged role played by the police in the said plot to impeach the state governor as completely unacceptable.
It said it was unlawful and highly unconstitutional for eight out of 30 Assembly members to propose an impeachment against Governor Ortom.
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