CNPP demands Chime’s impeachment over alleged constitutional breaches

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BY Tony Edike

ENUGU – Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, yesterday, called on Enugu State House of Assembly to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against Governor Sullivan Chime for alleged subversion of due process, fraud and execution of contracts without appropriation.

Similarly, Enugu State Chairman of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Mr. Sunday Onoh and a member of the party in the state, Mr. Osita Okechuwu, yesterday, dragged Governor Chime before a Federal High Court, Enugu, over the proposed N13.6 billion state secretariat complex.

The plaintiffs are, among other things, praying the court to “restrain the governor, his agents or proxies from demolishing the old State Secretariat building at G.R.A. Enugu and erecting a new Secretariat Complex at the site as recently announced by Enugu State Government.”

Addressing newsmen in Enugu,  state chairman of  CNPP, Mr. Adonys Igwe, said the organisation, decided to demand for Governor Chime’s impeachment in view of some identified constitutional breaches by his government.

CNPP cited a recent advertorial placed by the state government in a national daily, which it said contained “outrageous pre-qualification requirements, principal among which is evidence of satisfactory execution and completion of building construction contracts with annual cumulative value of at least N400 million in the last  three years. The advertorial contained only three lots the summary of which is construction of 6-classroom block and remodeling of existing school buildings.

“Our investigations at Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Abuja, shows that the initial procurement plan contained over 600 lots, and later substituted with a three lot plan in suspicious circumstances.  What explanations can one offer in support of the dubious pre-qualification requirement if the government has no plan to divert or make business out of it for self aggrandizement using fronts and cronies?”

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