Anyone Parading Himself As Kogi Deputy Governor Is An Impostor –Achuba

 

Mr Simon Achuba has insisted that he is the deputy governor of Kogi State and any other person parading himself as the deputy governor is an impostor who should be jailed.

Achuba disclosed this while reacting to questions during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

When asked if he wants to be reinstated or continue his relationship with the present administration he said, “The idea of being reinstated does not exist. I am the deputy governor and there’s no other one.

“Anybody who is parading himself as the deputy governor is completely an impostor and nothing more. As far as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is concerned that person must be an imposter and when law enforcement agents are effective, such person should have been arrested and kept in a dungeon for trial.”

He also insisted that his removal is unconstitutional and the action of the Kogi State House of Assembly will be questioned by the court of law.

“There can’t be two deputy governors in a state. There can only be one at a time. The only deputy governor that Kogi State has now is me.

“That the Chief Justice swore in somebody does not give it legality in any way. The action of the State Assembly and everyone who participated in the process will be out to test in court because we are in court already,” he said.

The new deputy governor of the state in reaction to Achuba, also on the programme said the Kogi State House of Assembly simply did their job and he deserves to be congratulated on his new appointment as new deputy governor.

“A process was followed. From the executive-legislative – and judiciary. The process was initiated by the legislative arm. The Assembly is doing their job and it is their right to do so.

“The matter is in court and we believe the judiciary will do justice to it,” he said.

The Kogi State House of Assembly on Monday confirmed Mr Edward Onoja as the deputy governor of Kogi State. He was confirmed as deputy governor after he was screened by members of the House at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Lokoja, the state capital.

He was subsequently sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasir Ajana, as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

Onoja’s swearing-in follows Achuba’s impeachment by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly last week in Lokoja, the state capital.

He was impeached after the submission of a report of the committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former deputy governor.

Edward Onoja Sworn In As Kogi Deputy Governor

Mr Edward Onoja, being inaugurated as Kogi State Deputy Governor on October 21, 2019.

 

 

Mr Edward Onoja has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

The swearing-in ceremony held on Monday at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.

Onoja, a former Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, was inaugurated shortly after he appeared before members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

READ ALSO: Kogi Assembly Confirms Edward Onoja As Deputy Governor

Earlier, the new deputy governor was screened by the lawmakers who then asked him to take a bow, paving the way for his inauguration to replace the embattled former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

Thereafter, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasir Ajana, administered the oath of office on Mr Onoja who was accompanied by his wife.

The event was attended by Governor Bello, some members of the State House of Assembly, and top government officials in the state.

Onoja’s screening and swearing in came barely three days after the lawmakers impeached the former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

Mr Achuba was impeached on Friday after the House received the report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The Majority Leader of the House and the lawmaker representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole.

He explained that the lawmakers subsequently considered the report and took a unanimous decision to impeach Achuba.

In his reaction, Mr Achuba condemned the action of the lawmakers.

He said his impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional.

Mr Achuba was sworn in as the deputy governor on February 9, months after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was, however, reported to be engulfed in disagreement with Governor Bello, an issue which snowballed into trading blames.

In August 2019, the former deputy governor raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.

He also criticised the administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and Governor Bello.

In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government in a statement slammed the impeached deputy governor, saying he had no evidence for his claims.

The statement also said the government does not train assassins and cannot be involved in sending killers after anyone.

This caught the attention of the State Assembly which announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Mr Achuba for criticising the governor.

The lawmakers had, thereafter, directed the Chief Judge in the state to set up a committee to proceed with the impeachment of Mr Achuba.

Kogi Assembly Confirms Edward Onoja As Deputy Governor

Kogi State Deputy Governor-nominee, Mr Edward Onoja, being screened by members of the State House of Assembly in Lokoja on October 21, 2019.

 

 

The Kogi State House of Assembly has confirmed Mr Edward Onoja as the deputy governor of the state.

Mr Onoja was confirmed as deputy governor on Monday after he was screened by members of the House at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Lokoja, the state capital.

He is the former Chief of Staff to the state governor, Mr Yahaya Bello.

READ ALSO: Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

Onoja’s screening and confirmation by the lawmakers came barely three days after the impeachment of the former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

Mr Achuba was impeached on Friday after the House received the report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The Majority Leader of the House and lawmaker representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole.

He explained that the lawmakers subsequently considered the report and took a unanimous decision to impeach Achuba.

In his reaction, Mr Achuba condemned the action of the lawmakers.

He said his impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional.

Mr Achuba was sworn in as the deputy governor on February 9, months after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was, however, reported to be engulfed in a disagreement with Governor Bello, an issue which snowballed into trading blames.

In August 2019, the former deputy governor raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.

He also criticised the administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and Governor Bello.

In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government in a statement slammed the impeached deputy governor, saying he had no evidence for his claims.

The statement also said the government does not train assassins and cannot be involved in sending killers after anyone.

This caught the attention of the State Assembly which announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Mr Achuba for criticising the governor.

The lawmakers had, thereafter, directed the Chief Judge in the state to set up a committee to proceed with the impeachment of Mr Achuba.

Kogi Assembly Screens Deputy Governor-Nominee, Edward Onoja

Kogi State Deputy Governor-nominee, Mr Edward Onoja, being screened by members of the State House of Assembly in Lokoja on October 21, 2019.

 

 

The Kogi State House of Assembly has screened the Deputy Governor-nominee, Mr Edward Onoja.

Mr Onoja appeared before members of the House on Monday at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Lokoja, the state capital.

The deputy governor-nominee is the former Chief of Staff to the state governor, Mr Yahaya Bello.

His screening comes three days after the lawmakers impeached the former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

READ ALSO: Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

The House impeached the embattled former deputy governor on Friday following the submission of a report of the committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The Majority Leader of the House and member representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that Mr Achuba was impeached in a unanimous decision by the lawmakers.

He added that a seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole, before the House arrived at the decision.

Mr Achuba, however, rejected his impeachment by the lawmakers, saying it was illegal and unconstitutional.