Why We Impeached Enugu Dep Gov – Lawmakers
Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly yesterday carried out their long-awaited impeachment of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi over allegations that he owned a poultry farm in his official residence. They also found him guilty of failing to represent Governor Sullivian Chime at public functions.
The lawmakers based their action on the report of the seven-man panel which investigated the allegations of gross misconduct the House had levelled against the deputy governor. Twenty-two of the 24-member House passed a guilty verdict on Onyebuchi.
The House leader, S.K.E. Udeh-Okoye, moved the motion for the adoption of the report, saying the panel had come up with the conclusion that the “allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Onyebuchi by the House have been proved.”
On Monday, the probe panel submitted its report to the Speaker, Eugene Odo. According to the panel’s chairman, Frankln Uche Oraekeiyi, the report was prepared in three volumes comprising their findings, the proceedings, and their recommendations.
When the House resumed plenary yesterday, Okoye, who represents Awgu North constituency and supported by 21 other lawmakers, called for a motion on notice HM/O6/2014, stating.
“That this House does resolve to consider the report of the investigative panel on the allegations of gross misconduct of the deputy governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi. Whereas this motion is in line with Section 188(9) of the Constitution of 1999, as amended, and whereas a seven-man panel appointed by the chief judge of the state to investigate the said allegations, submitted its report and the House having received the report of the panel.’’ The other legislators concurred with the findings of the probe panel and declared Onyebuchi guilty as charged.
He said: “Whereas the panel of investigation came up to the conclusion that the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi by the state House of Assembly have been proved,” and prayed that “the House having carefully considered the report on the investigation of the allegations do adopt it and it is hereby adopted.”
The House Committee Chairman on Information, Hon. John K. Ukuta, told reporters that the adoption of the report of the probe panel meant that Onyebuchi had been impeached as deputy governor of Enugu State. “By adopting the report of the probe panel, the House found him guilty of the
allegations, he stands impeached.”
The probe committee was set up by the state Chief Judge, Justice Innocent Umezuruike, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. It cross-examined Onyebuchi at its se4ssion where the embattled deputy governor slumped.