The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has insisted that he remains the governor of Benue State, following the attempt to impeach him by a minority in Benue State House of Assembly on Monday.
Mr Ortom said this while reacting to the report of the impeachment notice served him by eight members of the State’s House of Assembly on Monday.
Recall that CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had earlier reported the taking over of the Benue House of Assembly on Monday mornig, in a move, allegedly backed by the presidency, to facilitate the reinstatement of the impeached speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange by a minority loyal to him – so as to pave the way for Ortom’s removal as governor.
The eight lawmakers who moved for the governor’s impeachment include, Adanyi Benjamin, Terhemba Chabo, Benjamin Nungwa, Bem Mngutyo, Adams Okloho, James Okefe and Nick Eworo.
The spokesperson for the eight lawmakers told journalists that the House has commenced impeachment proceedings against Governor Ortom on allegations of diversion of state funds and abuse of office.
The plot was reportedly coordinated by Terkimbi Ikyange who was removed as speaker of the Assembly last week.
However, speaking on the development through Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Ortom said he was still the governor of the State.
He stated that the lawmakers lack the constitutional powers to remove him from office.
He said, “Ortom is still the Chief Executive of the State. You can’t just impeach a Governor in a flash. You have to go through all the legal and constitutional processes.
“They have not been able to form a quorum, so it is not possible. Only eight people served the governor the notice, even at that, 2 other members who were part of the cangaroo sitting were on the side of the governor, so how can anybody call that an impeachment notice. It’s laughable and must be ignored completely.
“And for the record, there is a court injunction restricting the impeached Speaker from parading himself as the Speaker of the House and that court injunction has not been vacated.
“He has been suspended for 6 months, he doesn’t have any constitutional right to go back to that Assembly.
“He has done nothing to vacate that injunction so whatever he did stands null and void.”