By Anthony Ogbonna
The Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has dismissed ‘impeachment notice’ served him by just eight lawmakers in the state, saying he remains the Governor of the state.
Governor Ortom who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said the lawmakers are not up to the required quorum that can effect such decision. He also said that the necessary process towards impeaching a Governor were not even followed by the lawmakers.
Eight lawmakers under the All Progressives Congress had sat and served impeachment notice on the Governor.
The lawmakers were Adanyi Benjamin, Terhemba Chabo, Benjamin Nungwa, Bem Mngutyo, Adams Okloho, James Okefe and Nick Eworo.
However, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, 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.”