The Enugu State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, commenced impeachment proceedings against the state’s Deputy Governor, Chief Sunday Onyebuchi.
The House at its plenary session directed its clerk to serve impeachment notice on the Deputy Governor.
Details of the allegations against him were not clear as at press time, however, there were indications, Monday, that the deputy governor may be impeached as Governor Sullivan Chime was said to had ordered him to resign with immediate effect.
The deputy governor’s sin, it was gathered, is his decision to contest Enugu East senatorial election come 2015 against the governor’s preferred candidate and his Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo.
It was also gathered that 20 of the 24 members of the State House of Assembly have signed the impeachment notice against the deputy governor.
Sources said that the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Eugene Odoh and his 23 colleagues were summoned to a meeting convened by Governor Chime at the Governor’s Lodge, Enugu, where they were made to sign the impeachment notice.
“The lawmakers just rose from their meeting held at the Governor’s Lodge and I can tell you that the two-third majority needed to remove the Deputy Governor has been obtained and the impeachment notice has been signed,” a staff of the Assembly was quoted to have said.
Available information indicates that the lawmakers has deliberate on the impeachment notice on the floor of the House Tuesday, directing the clerk of the House to serve the embattled deputy governor with the notice.
Recall that the deputy governor has been in a running political battle with the state governor foe a while. About 3,500 chicken and about 40 crates of eggs were recently carted away from the poultry farm of the Deputy Governor as officials of the state Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) and Ministry of Environment invaded his official lodge, allegedly on the orders of the governor.
The eventual impeachment would climax the political disagreement between Governor Chime and his deputy.