Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi was Tuesday morning impeached by the state House of Assembly after adopting a report of a 7-member panel, which investigated allegations of misconduct against him.
The motion to impeach the embattled politician who had fallen out of favour with Governor Sullivan Chime was moved by the House leader, Ho. Udeh-Okoye with 21 other members approving Onyebuchi’s removal.
The embattled deputy governor has been at loggerheads with Governor Sullivan Chime over his speculated bid to run for the Enugu East Senate seat in 2015, a seat many say the governor has pencilled down for his Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo.
Enugu political watchers told insisted that Onyebuchi had severally rebuffed Chime’s counsel to jettison his senatorial bid, thereby allowing Chime mobilise his political forces against him.
On July 22, 2014, the House of Assembly levelled dozens of allegations of misconduct against the deputy governor, one of the charges was that he operated a poultry within the confines of his official residence as well as deploying state resources to run it.
A panel constituted by the Chief Judge of the state found Onyebuchi guilty as charged after a dramatic trial, saying “The allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, by the Enugu State House of Assembly have been proved,” the panel, headed by Mr. Franklin Oraekeyi, stated in the report.
The members of the house adopted the report of the panel after the House Leader, Hon. S.K.E. Udeh-Okoye, moved a motion for its adoption.
Ude-Okoye, who sponsored the motion on notice alongside 21 other members of the house, in a motion numbered HM/06/2014, noted that the motion was in line with the provisions of section 188 (9) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which provided for the removal of members of the executive arm of government.
The motion called for a resolution of the house to consider the report of the investigation panel on the allegations of gross misconduct of the deputy governor, and that the house, having carefully considered the report of the investigative panel, “do adopt it.”