#ImpeachmentMonday: Drama In Benue, Imo & Kano Assemblies
The 2019 campaign season is upon us. Politicians are making deft moves to outsmart their opponents.
Last week, the most popular word in social circles was defection.
Dozens of All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) similar to what happened in reverse in 2015.
This week, it appears the poster boy in news articles and bulletins would be impeachment.
Three states; Benue, Imo and Kano States came under a wave of impeachment on Monday as lawmakers rose up against Governor Samuel Ortom (Benue), Deputy Governor Eze Madumere (Imo), and the Speaker Yusuf Abdullahi Atta (Kano House of Assembly).
I wonder if the scripts were properly rehearsed.
In Makurdi, a group of minority lawmakers attempted to impeach the Governor Ortom who recently defected from the APC to the PDP.
The strategy is a throwback to the dark days of impunity when a few lawmakers backed by the federal government defy the law and carry out impeachment.
8 lawmakers, including the former Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, gained access to the assembly chamber, supported by the police, and initiated proceedings against Governor Ortom who is no longer a guest at presidential villa.
They accused him of corruption and gross misconduct.
Responding, the other faction of the Benue assembly who were prevented from gaining access into the assembly complex, held their sitting at the government house, during which they suspended the minors.
Gov. Ortom has accused the APC federal government, a former governor of the state, George Akume, the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services as being behind the illegality.
He said the motive was due to his defection from the ruling party.
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In Owerri, the deputy governor, Eze Madumere, who has been in a political battle with Governor Rochas Okorocha, was impeached by members of the state assembly.
He was accused of misconduct and constitutional breach.
The impeachment in Imo also had traces of illegality because a state high court had asked the lawmakers to suspend action on the impeachment proceedings until a case brought by the deputy governor has been determined.
Madumere wants to be the next Imo governor but Gov. Okorocha has penciled his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his preferred successor.
The Imo assembly has already cleared Callistus Ekenze, who was the Head of Service, to replace Madumere as deputy governor.
Kano - Ganduje or Kwankwaso who is boss?
The State’s House of Assembly resumed from its two-month-long break on Monday, and the first business of the day was the impeachment of the Speaker of the House, Abdullahi Ata.
Ata narrowly survived impeachment shortly before the House went on break, after the State Governor, Umar Ganduje intervened.
But he was unlucky the second time, as he was eased out of office on Monday.
The impeached Speaker did not last long in office, having been elected only few months ago to replace former speaker, Kabiru Rurum, who was accused of corruption.
However, following Ata’s impeachment on Monday, Rurum was re-elected as the new Speaker, in what appears to be a back and forth movement by the lawmakers.
Why is the APC interested in getting rid of some of its leaders in Kano, Imo and Benue states?
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