The Minority Caucus of the House of Representatives has condemned what it described as “overt lawlessness” in Kogi State, saying the impeachment of the Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba and the swearing-in of Edward Onoja in his place was “unknown to the laws of the land”.
The Caucus, which made their position known in a statement signed by the Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, warned the people of Kogi to brace of up for a “more oppressive and rapacious mode of governance if Governor Bello and the APC were allowed to force a minority government on the people once again”.
They said: “Our understanding of that government in Lugard House is that of one given to an unabashed, unrepentant, and a rapacious breach of the people’s will. The so-called removal of the Deputy Governor is the height of unhinged travesty. It is impunity taken too far. It is neither known to law nor the Constitution of Nigeria and cannot be allowed to stand.
“By the purported removal of the Deputy Governor despite a ‘not guilty’ verdict returned by the Impeachment Panel, it is self-evident that these people are no respecters of law. The travesty is of no consequence for it imposes a defacto and not a dejure Deputy on the people of Kogi State and can only be short-lived.
“The good news is that the blundering government will soon have its day in the court of public opinion on November 16 and we trust the people of Kogi to pass an overwhelming Vote of No Confidence in the government and remove the incompetent and overbearing minority contraption from their Government House.
“For emphasis, we are by this statement placing a caveat emptor on both the Certificate of Occupancy and occupant of Lugard House. The people of Kogi should beware, for if the Governor could unleash this magnitude of abuse of power, hunger, and impunity in his first term, knowing he would face the people at the polls, how much more highhanded and vicious would he get in his second term?”
The Caucus called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to, in the meantime, apply the leash on the reckless abuse of power in the State as democracy could only survive by the sanctity of the rule of law.