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Kogi State deputy governor impeached after long rift with governor
THE deputy governor of Kogi State Simon Achuba has on Friday been impeached by the Kogi State House of the Assembly after a long rift with the state governor, Yahaya Bello.
Achuba was removed after a closed-door session with the speaker of the Kogi Assembly, Mathew Kolawole and a seven-man committee set up to investigate an allegation against the deputy governor.
The committee had submitted their report to Kolawole after an inquiry into an allegation of misconduct levelled against him, which was deliberated upon before a verdict on his removal was reached.
However, the former deputy governor had been in a rift with his principal, which followed a series of allegation and criticism on the state governance by the former deputy governor.
Achuba alleged the state government had not paid him for about 22 months while also, criticizing the administration for non-performance.
He also raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life, which in turn incited a statement from the government, saying the government do not train assassins or get involved in sending killers after another.
The disagreement and open blame from both Achuba and the state government had worsened, leading to the state assembly’s announcement to commence impeachment proceedings against the Achuba for disparaging the governor.
The former deputy governor unsatisfied by the actions of lawmakers filed an application before the Kogi State High Court, challenging the impeachment notice issued to him.
Consequently, Achuba was suspended by the leadership on the All Progressive Congress (APC) for allegedly taking actions, embarrassing the APC body in the state.