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.

Kogi Deputy Governor’s Impeachment, A Grave Constitutional Violation – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba.

In a statement on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party alleged that the action was done in violation of the Constitution.

“This action of trying to remove the deputy governor via unconstitutional methods and in total disregard to the verdict of the judicial panel is, in itself, a gross misconduct and grave constitutional violation for which the State Assembly, as an institution, ought to have removed Yahaya Bello as the governor of the state,” it claimed.

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The statement came one day after members of the Kogi State House of Assembly impeached the embattled deputy governor in what they said was a unanimous decision.

In his reaction, Mr Achuba described his impeachment as illegal and insisted that he remained the deputy governor of the state.

On its part, the PDP slammed Governor Bello and accused him of being desperate to use underhand measures to “forcefully remove” the deputy governor.

“Our party holds that by coercing the State House of Assembly against the deputy governor even when the State Judiciary Panel acquitted him of all allegations, Governor Bello only confirms that he has lost public trust and now desperately resorting to dirty politics and crafty methods for survival,” it alleged.

It added, “The PDP, however, alerts that the next victim of such underhand methods would be the state assembly itself, which now appears to be on the way to being used to enact draconian rules to suppress and intimidate the people of Kogi State, since there is no way Yahaya Bello will win the November 16 election and return to office.”

The opposition party said the incident has reduced Kogi to what it described as a butt of jokes among compatriots in other states.

It noted that ahead of the coming governorship election, it was confident that the governor would be “kicked out of office” through the ballot box.

The PDP accused the governor of seeking to repress his deputy over the exposure of alleged impunity and corruption in his administration.

It said Nigerians expected Governor Bello to respond to the allegations by Mr Achuba and called on the citizenry to condemn the deputy governor’s impeachment.

“Nigeria is a nation governed by law and nobody, no matter the desperation, should be allowed to turn her or any part thereof, to Banana Republic,” the party said.

Impeachment: I Remain Deputy Governor Of Kogi State – Simon Achuba

 

Mr Simon Achuba has insisted that he is the Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

He stated this in a telephone interview with Channels Television on Friday, shortly after he was impeached by members of the State House of Assembly.

“What they have done is nothing. I am the deputy governor of Kogi State and I remain the deputy governor of Kogi State,” Achuba said while condemning the action of the lawmakers.

Earlier, the House in a unanimous decision impeached the embattled former deputy governor 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.

Majority Leader of the House and member representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that the Speaker, Mr Mathew Kolawole, received the committee’s report which was studied and deliberated upon before the lawmakers took the decision.

READ ALSO: Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

 

A Complete Illegality?

Moments later, Mr Achuba stressed that his impeachment by the lawmakers was illegal, saying they didn’t follow the due process involved.

 

A file photo of impeached Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

 

 

He said, “Impeachment has processes and the last process of impeachment is the verdict of the panel.

“If the panel says the case of the complainant is proved, it means that the accused which is the respondent in the case can be removed. But if their case is not proved, they can’t do anything concerning my office and that is the situation.”

According to Mr Achuba, the report before the Assembly stated that the case brought against him was not proved.

He explained that he did what was expected of him and presented himself before members of the seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge in the state.

“So, what you have seen is the continuation of the illegality that I have complained about loudly.

“I will get a copy of the report in no time to prove to you that what they have done is complete illegality,” Achuba said.

Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

A file photo of Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

 

 

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba, has been impeached.

Mr Achuba was impeached by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Majority Leader of the House disclosed this to reporters at the premises of the Assembly complex.

Achuba’s impeachment followed 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 the former deputy governor.

The House, according to Abdullahi who represents Ajaokuta State Constituency, received, studied and deliberated on the report and a unanimous decision was arrived at to impeach Achuba.

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

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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 became the APC’s deputy governorship candidate in the election that brought Mr Yahaya Bello into office after a member of the House of Representatives, Mr James Faleke, rejected to be the governor’s running mate.

Years into the Bello’s administration, Achuba was reported to be engulfed in a disagreement with the governor, an issue which escalated with both sides trading blames.

In August 2019, Achuba 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.

The issue got worsened days later as the State Assembly announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Mr Achuba for criticising the governor.

Members of the assembly described the action of the embattled deputy governor as gross misconduct against Governor Bello and the people of Kogi State.

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

Displeased with the action of the lawmakers, Mr Achuba filed an application before the State High Court, Lokoja, to challenge the impeachment notice served on him.

Elsewhere, the leadership of the APC in Kogi suspended Mr Achuba from the party for alleged anti-party activities before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

The party also alleged that he took some actions which constituted an embarrassment to the APC family in the state.

Kogi Deputy Gov Sues Assembly Over Impeachment Notice

A file photo of Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

 

 

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba, is not taking the action of the State House of Assembly lightly as he has moved to fight his battle in court.

Mr Achuba filed an application before the State High Court, Lokoja, the state capital to challenge the impeachment notice served by the lawmakers.

The suit, which dated August 19, was filed on the grounds that it was served out of time and marred with irregularities.

The case is set for hearing on the date to be announced soon by the court.

READ ALSO: Kogi Assembly Asks Chief Judge To Set Up Impeachment Panel For Deputy Gov

Joined as respondents to the suit are the State House of Assembly, its Speaker, and all members of the legislative chamber.

Others are the Chief Judge in the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah, and the Attoney-General of the state.

See the court papers below:

Kogi APC Suspends Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba

Kogi Deputy Governor Alleges Threat To His Life
The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, addresses reporters in Lokoja on August 1, 2019.

 

 

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi State has suspended the Deputy Governor of the state, Simon Achuba, from the party.

APC Chairman in the state, Abdullahi Bello, announced this on Thursday at a press conference in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to him, the deputy governor was suspended for alleged anti-party activities before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

The party also based the suspension on some actions the deputy governor allegedly took which constituted an embarrassment to the APC family in Kogi State.

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Mr Bello said the party has received several petitions from stakeholders in Iyano Ward of Ibaji Local Government Area where the deputy governor hailed from.

He claimed that Mr Achuba had discretely and openly worked for the candidates of the opposition parties during the presidential, national and state assembly elections in the state.

The party chairman added that the activities of the deputy governor during the elections were against the candidates of the APC which he (Achuba) held the exalted position of the Deputy Governor of the state

He alleged that the report of the disciplinary committees constituted by the Iyano Ward and Ibaji Local Government APC to probe the crises in the area indicted the deputy governor and recommended his suspension, to be followed by expulsion if he did not show any remorse.

Bello noted that the State Working Committee of APC has deliberated on the recommendations of the disciplinary committee of APC Iyano ward and Ibaji Local Government branch of the party.

He added that committee resolved to uphold Mr Achuba’s suspension until he responds to the letter which the party would serve him.

“As we are all aware, the All Progressive Congress does not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion, and anti-party activities from any party member, no matter how highly placed.

“His series of reckless, damaging and unsubstantiated allegations against the government of Kogi State was an action that constitutes a serious violation of Article 21A(ii), (v) and (vii) of the APC Constitution, amounting to acts of disloyalty and embarrassment to the party,” the party chairman said.

He added that the decision of the State Working Committee would be communicated to the APC National Working Committee in due course.

Impeachment Move: Claims I Plan To Defect A Lie From ‘Pit Of Hell’ – Achuba

Kogi Deputy Governor Alleges Threat To His Life

 

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba has described all claims suggesting that he is planning to decamp to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as ‘lies from the Pit of hell’. 

Mr Achuba said this while reacting to the impeachment move against him, by the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr Achuba said the impeachment move was not unexpected.

READ ALSO: Kogi Assembly Commences Impeachment Proceedings Against Deputy Gov

He said the impeachment is a reaction to the revelations that he has made regarding the polity in Kogi State.

The Deputy Governor said his principal is using the legislators against him, instead of addressing the issues of corruption that he has raised.

He (Achuba) urged the people of Kogi state to be calm and go about their businesses peacefully, stressing that at the end of the day, the one who is on the right will be known.

Speaking further about claims that he is looking to decamp, Mr Achuba said “It is a lie from the pit of hell and that is what they want people to believe”.

The deputy governor further stated that impeachment is not about party membership, adding that there is no relationship between the impeachment process and the claims of his decamping.

He assured the people of Kogi State and the APC that he remains a member of the ruling party, adding that he will continue to serve the people as a member of the party.

Kogi Assembly Commences Impeachment Proceedings Against Deputy Gov

Kogi Deputy Governor Alleges Threat To His Life
The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, has been critical of his boss.

 

The Kogi State House of Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings against the state’s Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, over his criticism of Governor Yahaya Bello.

The lawmakers described the action as gross misconduct against the governor and the people of the state.

READ ALSO: Gov Bello’s Deputy Blasts Him, Calls For Tight Security In Kogi

The impeachment process followed a petition signed by 21 members of the House which was presented during plenary on Wednesday by the Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello who represents Ajaokuta constituency.

Members of the Kogi State Assembly during plenary on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Photos: Channels TV/Segun Salami

More to follow…

Kogi Deputy Governor Alleges Threat To His Life

Kogi Deputy Governor Alleges Threat To His Life
The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, addresses reporters in Lokoja on August 1, 2019.

 

 

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, has raised an alarm of an alleged plot to kill him.

Mr Achuba who addressed reporters in Lokoja, the state capital on Thursday claimed that some gunmen after him were linked to his principal, Governor Yahaya Bello.

He criticised the administration of Governor Bello for non-performance and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.

READ ALSO: ‘We Do Not Train Assassins’, Kogi Govt Tells Bello’s Deputy

According to the deputy governor, this is the reason for the rift between him and the governor.

“The rift between me and the governor is nothing less than the issue of performance,” he said.

Mr Achuba added, “The second thing is the issue of salaries. In fact, it got to a point that he was convinced that civil servants are insignificant, which made me rise up one day to say something that was very annoying to that person.

“What is important in leadership is dialogue. When you throw dialogue away, you throw persuasion away, and you engage in a fight with those that you are supposed to work with.”

The deputy governor insisted that the present administration in the state has not performed while salaries were owed civil servants even with the bailout from the Federal Government.

He, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to note in case anything happens to him.

Kogi State Celebrates World Tourism Day

Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Supreme CourtThe Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has said he will transform and make the state a tourism destination for foreign investors.

The governor who was represented by his Deputy Governor Simon Achuba stated this during the opening ceremony of the 2016 World Tourism Day Celebration in Lokoja the state capital, he noted that the state has a lot to gain if the tourist sites in the states are well developed.

Lokoja popularly called the Confluence City is where River Niger and Benue meet.

Most of the historical lyrics that would have been a tourist site for the state are now in a deplorable state, as they were not well taken care of, the first prison yard in the northern Nigeria that was used for prisoners up till 1945 has been taken over by weeds, the oldest treasury in the northern Nigeria is now a home for hens and dogs.

Joining the rest of the country to celebrate this year’s World Tourism Day which took place at the Confluence Beach Hall in Lokoja with the theme ‘Tourism for all Promoting Universal Accessibility’ is the reason for the gathering of top government officials and some stakeholders in the tourism sector.

In his opening speech, the Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism in the state, Mohammed Imam called on tourism policy makers in the industry, service providers and destination managers to evolve policies that would grant easy access to all tourism products and consumers irrespective of their physical challenges.

The Deputy Governor while reading the governor’s speech noted that his administration has provided an actionable framework for tourism among other critical areas.

Kogi State Governor Signs 2016 Appropriation Bill

Yahaya-Bello of Kogi StateThe Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello, has signed the 2016 appropriation bill of 99.9 billion Naira into law, tagging it a ‘budget of change’.

The Governor, who signed the bill on Monday, in the Government House in Lokoja, the state’s capital, said he would be guided by the law.

At the Governor’s office to witness the signing of the bill were the Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, the Secretary to the State Government, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, and some of the governor’s aids.

Before he signed the budget, Mr Yahaya explained that the State House of Assembly had worked harmoniously with the executive to pass the 2016 budget.

He noted that the budget had a capital expenditure of 141.8 billion Naira.

After the bill had been signed, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Ahmed Imam, said the passage was just the beginning of good things to happen in Kogi State.

Simon Achuba Becomes Kogi Deputy Governor

Simon-ChubaSimon Achuba has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

His swearing in took place on Tuesday in Lokoja the capital of the north-central state.

Mr Chuba filled the vacuum in the deputy governorship position after Mr James Faleke refused to be Governor Yahaya Bello’s deputy.

Mr Achuba last year defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and he is a former Deputy Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Mr Faleke wanted the position of the Governor after the governorship candidate in the election, Mr Abubakar Audu, died a day after the governorship election.

The election was declared inconclusive, with a supplementary election scheduled for a later date.

The APC was asked to substitute the late candidate, but Mr Faleke insisted that he should be the next in line for the position.

After the party was mandated to replace late Audu, it chose Mr Bello as the substitute, a decision that angered Mr Faleke, who subsequently refused to be Mr Bello’s deputy.

Supplementary election was held and the APC won the governorship seat, with the position of the deputy still vacant.

Contesting the results of the election, Mr Faleke filed a petition at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to push his claims to the governorship position.

He is challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in declaring the election of November 21 inclusive.