Former deputy governors under the aegis of Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria (FFDGN) on Thursday faulted the impeachment of the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Dr Sunday Onyebuchi, describing the development as a reckless show of power by both the governor and state House of Assembly.
Rising from an emergency meeting yesterday in Abuja, the Forum appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the matter to correct the anomaly, and also called on the National Judicial Council “to quickly investigate the judge who constituted the panel over chicken allegations and determine whether or not he had sufficient evidence to act as he did, with no weighty allegations of corruption or any constitutional impeachable offence against the Enugu State Deputy Governor”.
Some of the former deputy governors at the meeting include that of Abia State, Chris Akomas; Osun, Erelu Olusola Obada; Plateau, Pauline Tallen among others.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the chairman of the forum, Abdulmalik Mahmoud, described the impeachment as “Reckless show of power by the governor of Enugu State and the State House of Assembly”.
They advised “The governor to learn from recent history in Nigeria in respect of governor-deputy relationships”.
Mahmoud pointed out that the operation of a poultry in the official quarters of the deputy governor cannot be interpreted as gross misconduct.
“Many governors and their deputies do keep livestock (cattle, goats, rabbits, chicken etc) in their official quarters and this is a common knowledge all over the federation. Why should that of Enugu State deputy governor earn him impeachment?
“The constitution is clear on what constitutes impeachment offences and the process leading to impeachment. What has happened in Enugu State is an anomaly that must be re-visited forthwith”, he maintained.