By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Tension yesterday, heightened in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, following alleged move by the State House of Assembly,Â to impeach the Deputy Governor, Mr Peremobowei Ebebi.
An impeccable source told Vanguard, that 18 out of the 24 state lawmakers had already signed the impeachment notice,Â which proceeding is expected to commence on the floor of the House,Â today. Pressure, the source added, was being put on the Deputy Governor by some of the lawmakers to resign, so as to save him the humiliation of being impeached.
The state government through the Overseer of the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Nathan Egba, has meanwhile dismissed the claims,Â linking the Governor to the impeachment plot, describing as it baseless.
He said,Â â€œwe donâ€™t know the source of these rumours, but I have had several enquires. As you know, the Governor is also out of town. So I wonder where all these are is coming from.
â€œBut it is interesting, because the story before now was about the impeachment of the Governor and now it is the Deputy Governor. I have also heard stories of alleged N50million bribe to facilitate the process,” he added.
That is ridiculous because the state cannot afford that kind of expenditure. The focus is on trying to improve the welfare of our people.â€
However,Â a source told Vanguard that the impeachment rumour might be a decoy by the House of Assembly members to secure from the state Governor, funds being owed them for over three months, after the state got its share of allocation from the excess crude fund.
According to the source, the action of the assembly members was similar to the one hatched few months ago, when the House was owed huge backlog of allowances and allocations.
They had then threatened that 16 members had signed the impeachment notice of the state Governor, after an alleged inducement and pressure from external forces opposed to Governo Timipre Sylva over the alleged misdeed of the Governor against Dr Goodluck Jonathan becoming the Acting President then.
As at press time, none of the lawmakers was ready to speak on the mater, while the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media, Mr. Thomas Peretu, also declined to comment on the issue.