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Enugu State Deputy Governor Impeached
The deputy governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, has been impeached by the state House of Assembly.
The embattled deputy governor’s impeachment followed the adoption of the report of the seven man committee appointed to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against him.
Twenty two of the 24 members of the House voted in support of the deputy governor’s removal from office.
Onyebuchi was impeached just after 10.00 am at a session presided over by the Speaker, Eugene Odo.
The Leader of the House, S.K.E Udeh Okoye, moved the motion for the adoption of the report of the seven – man panel, saying that the three volume document showed beyond reasonable doubt that Onyebuchi was guilty of the charges preferred against him.
The panel only yesterday submitted its report to the Speaker in three volumes containing its findings, proceedings and recommendations.
The House had 14 days to act on the report but concluded the process of removing the deputy governor under 24 hours.
The process to impeach Onyebuchi has been greatly criticised as no real offences are believed to have been committed by him. The main charges against the deputy governor are that he kept a poultry farm in his official residence and that he had disobeyed the governor, Sullivan Chime.
But Onyebuchi is believed to have gotten into trouble after falling out of favour with his boss. In defending himself, the deputy governor pointed out that he met the poultry farm already existing in his residence, having been used by his predecessors.
Besides, he also said that the official residence of the governor equally has a poultry, an even bigger one that the on in the deputy governor’s quarters.