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Fourteen lawmakers of the Enugu State Assembly led by Speaker of the House, Eugene Odoh, on Monday commenced legislative action to remove the state governor, Sullivan Chime.
The lawmakers have directed the Clerk of the House to serve the governor a copy of the impeachment notice.
The legislators are accusing the governor of high handedness and corrupt enrichment at the detriment of the state, amongst other allegations.
The state government has dismissed the allegations calling it unfounded.
According to the governor’s spokesman, Chukwudi Achife, Odoh had been removed as Speaker of the House and a new Speaker elected thus he had no powers to spearhead any impeachment process against the governor.
Reports indicate that the reason for the confrontation may be connected with the failure of the state assembly to approve the funds for a secretariat project the governor had sought for earlier.
The unapproved N11 billion allegedly led to the friction between the legislators and the governor.
The governor is also said to be working closely with some members of the assembly to initiate the impeachment of the Speaker.
Eight of the members, led by the Deputy Speaker, Chime Oji, allegedly met with governor on Sunday and subsequently attempted to approve the controversial loan.
The eight later claimed to have impeached the current speaker.
Chime’s tenure as governor ends in a few weeks.