Minority leader of the Senate, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the impeachment of Kogi State Deputy Governor, Mr. Simon Achuba by the House of Assembly.
In a recent statement, Sen. Enyinnaya begged PMB to rise above APC’s affiliations and intervene to make sure Nigeria’s constitution is safeguarded if the authorities in Kogi state failed to do just that.
He also told judges in Kogi, particularly the Chief Justice to learn from the Imo State experience and ignore any invitation to swear-in a new deputy governor in any kind of guise.
His words, “Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution as Amended is very emphatic in the circumstance that is to say that the State Assembly shall cease any further proceedings in the impeachment process.
“Specifically, Section 188(8) states that …Where the panel reports to the House of Assembly that the allegation has not been proved, no further proceedings shall be taken in respect of the matter.
“So, where did the Kogi State Assembly members derive the power to move ahead with the process?
“Has Nigeria not been reduced to this rudderless state with this disdainful attitude to our laws and democratic ethos?”
“The 1999 Constitution as amended is the ground norm of the country and the Kogi Assembly has committed a heinous breach of this sacred document.
“If their illegal action is sustained, then it strikes at the heart of democracy in Nigeria.
“We must do the right thing and Nigeria must not be seen as a lawless country.
“I call on institutions of democracy to urgently activate the right principles in the defence of our democracy.
“Kogi Assembly should look beyond now and stop this illegality.”