Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the plot to impeach the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, by some members of the state House of Assembly saying he was embarrassed by the drama.
NAIJ.com had reported that eight out of 30 lawmakers in Benue state House of Assembly reportedly served an impeachment notice on Governor Samuel Ortom.
The former vice president in a statement on Monday, July 30, described it as lawlessness. He called on the police to be neutral in the situation and not take side. He insisted that their loyalty is to the constitution and to the rule of law.
Meanwhile, Terkimbir Ikyange, the impeached speaker of the Benue state House of Assembly, said on Monday, July 30, that the chamber has begun impeachment attempts against Governor Samuel Ortom.
This followed as another faction of the House under the new speaker, Honourable Titus Uba, said that they have suspended the entire Ikyange six-member committee for six months, The Nation reports.
Briefing journalists at his official residence after plenary, Ikyange stated that the House would communicate the notice of impeachment to the governor in seven days. Ikyange led 12 lawmakers to plenary on Monday, July 30, under tight security, accusing Ortom of stealing state funds amounting to N55 billion.
The former speaker said that Ortom stole N33 billion through reduction of local government funds and used another N22 billion to shop for political platform before he defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Ikyange further said that due to the financial recklessness of Ortom, civil servants in the state are being owned seven months salaries, while local government are owned 11 month and pensioners 14 months. He said the impeachment moves against Ortom stems from his inaction as a governor.
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