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Ebonyi Assembly Moves To Impeach Governor Elechi
The threat of impeachment hanging on Ebonyi State governor, Martins Elechi, gained some weight Friday as members of the State House of Assembly unanimously agreed to serve the governor with impeachment notice based on allegations of corruption and misconduct.
Acting Leader of the House, Francis Nwifruru, who read the motion for the governor to be served the notice, accused Elechi of undermining the integrity of the House and financial misappropriation, among other offences.
The motion was moved by Odefa Obasi Odefa, and seconded by Valentine Okike.
On February 18, the House constituted a panel headed by Odefa Odefa to probe allegations of financial mismanagement against the governor and some of his aides, after it received petitions from some groups in the state, and following the completion of its work, the panel submitted its report, necessitating the call for the impeachment notice to be served on the governor.
One of the petitions alleged that the governor, his son, Elechi Elechi, and some aides had used public funds for personal gain.
The House Minority Leader, Enyi Enyi, said the allegations levelled against the governor were serious enough to cause him to be impeached.
Aware of the move by the House, the governor said he would pack his things and head home if impeached.
Speaking to Ezza Ezzekuna Youth Congress, which paid a solidarity visit to him, the governor said that “some politicians who have vowed to govern this state at all cost have been holding secret meetings on how to impeach me.”.
“They said I’m a bad person and that if I continue to remain in power they will not have their way of ruling the state. All I can say is that if they sack me, I will relocate to my home,” Elechi said.