Enugu State Governor, Mr.Sullivan Chime has described as share futility the impeachment process initiated against him by fifteen out twenty-four members of the State House of Assembly.
At a news conference in Government House Enugu, Government Chime claimed that the State Assembly had not followed the impeachment procedure as contained in section 188 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
According to the Governor, he has not been served with any impeachment notice as claimed by the embattled Speaker of the House,Chief Eugene Odo.
Governor Chime further denied allegations of financial misconduct leveled against him by the House,including all forgery of the the 2012 appropriate bill, which was part of the grounds for the impeachment plot.
“The motion of the House of Assembly that the allegations be investigated shall not be declared as haven’t been passed unless it is supported by votes of not less than two thirds majority of all members of the House of Assembly, in our case sixteen, so thirteen members purportedly pass the resolution, so you can see they have not activated anything, nobody has sent me any notice of any allegation” he said.
On the alleged move by the Governor to borrow a loan of eleven billion naira against the approval of the state legislators, Governor Chime produced a document showing that the House approved the said loan on November 13,2014.
“This is the letter addressed to me by the clark of the House, the Honourable House results to (1) Authorize the Enugu State government to obtain one billion loan facility from UBA for the purported re-financing part of the loan from GTBank and refunding of other on-going infrastructural projects in the State. (2) Authorize the Enugu State government to obtain ten billion loan facility from UBA for the purposes of re-financing infrastructural projects in the State. they are approved and we have done it.”
The Governor said there was nothing wrong with the purported impeachment of the Speaker, Chief Eugene Odo by eight out of twenty-four members of the House.
In the early hours of yesterday, eight lawmakers led by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Chime Orji sat and allegedly impeached the Speaker, Chief Eugene Odo alongside five other members of the House.
They however, appointed Mr. Chinedu Nwamba representing Nsukka East Constituency as the Acting Speaker.
In the mean time,the embattled Speaker, Chief Odo says he is still in charge as the authentic Speaker of the House and will be conducting House siting today.
Despite the crisis in the State House, Enugu State has remained calm.