By Gab Ejuwa
The legislative arm of Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State, has impeached its leader, Mr Samson Saromare, for alleged gross misconduct, just as Mr. Sunday Apah emerged the new leader of the House.
The impeachment notice/resolution which was signed by 14 members of the House, including the deputy leader, attributed the impeachment to alleged incompetence and gross misconduct of the former leader right from inception of the House.
The impeachment letter which was read by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Julius Ogudu during the sitting which was attended by 17 legislators, including the impeached leader, reads: “We the undersigned councillors have noticed with dismay that the Ughelli South Legislative Arm had been bedevilled with maladministration of the Leader since inception till date, ranging from inefficiency.
“It is no longer news to constituents across the 20 DISIEC constituencies that make up Ughelli South Legislative Arm that the Legislative House had its last sitting over six months ago due to the inability of the Leader to pilot the affairs of the Legislative House.”
since inception which has led to several litigations and arrests, and these negates section 46(1) and (3) of the Delta State Local Government Law Book, 2013 as amended.”
According to the statement, the former Leader, who presided over his own impeachment, stated that with 14 members signing his impeachment which is the 2/3 majority as required by law for impeachment, “I won’t wait for further motions, I hereby leave the seat for another Leader to be elected because it is clear that the House no longer want me to lead.”
Thereafter, the deputy leader was immediately directed to resume duty for the election of a new leader. Apah of Jeremi Ward 3 and Mr. Kenneth Fovie of Jeremi Ward 1 where nominated for election but Fovie declined his nomination and consequently, Apah was returned unopposed as the new Leader of Ughelli South legislative Arm.
Apah in a chat with newsmen said his emergence as Leader of Ughelli South Legislative House will witness unity and progress in the council, adding that the 20 councillors will be carried along on issues affecting the House.