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Impeachment: Enugu Investigative Panel Submits Report to Assembly

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The seven-man panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the embattled Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi set up by members of the House of Assembly, yesterday submitted its report to the Speaker, Eugene Odoh.

THISDAY checks showed that with the submission of the report, the stage is set for the last lap of the impeachment proceedings which commenced on July 22, as the assembly is expected to debate the report within the next 14 days.

There were strong indications that the deputy governor may be removed any time from now as informed sources said he failed to “defend himself on all the allegations levelled against him.”

The chairman of the panel, Mr. Uche Franklyn Oraekeiyi, who led members of the panel to the assembly complex ,told the speaker that the report was packaged in three volumes.

He said the first volume contained their findings, while the second volume contained the panel’s proceedings. The third volume, he said, contained the panel’s recommendations which he did not speak much about.

He said his panel ensured that all concerned parties were given fair hearing in the matter, noting that having concluded their assignment, the ball was now in the court of the lawmakers.

Responding, the Speaker, Odoh, said the legislators would within their own time look into the report with a view to seeing whether to adopt it or not.

He commended the panel for carrying out the “all important assignment” within the specified period of time, assuring that members of the assembly would also be thorough in taking decision on the report.
Meanwhile, THISDAY findings revealed that the assembly will resume sitting today and is expected to commence debate on the impeachment panel’s report.

A source close to the assembly told THISDAY that “the lawmakers will sit today and it is expected that they will start debate on the report. For now, no one can say whether the deputy governor will be impeached today or not but what is clear is that the assembly has 14 day within which to decide on what to do with Onyebuchi.”

Though THISDAY could not get details of the panel’s recommendations, it was gathered that the failure of the deputy governor to “properly defend himself of allegations levelled against him might result in his eventual removal.”

The Enugu Professionals Forum (EPF) had through its secretary-general, Nebechi Ugo, asked the deputy governor to present his defence to the charges to the panel instead of whipping sentiments with his allegations that he was being persecuted.

The EPL said Onyebuchi was employing “an archaic and well-worn tactic” of trying  to whip up sentiments instead of addressing the unambiguous charges levelled against him.

The group also said that Onyebuchi was being economical with the truth in his comments which, according to it, were full of misleading facts and inaccuracies. It pointed out that Onyebuchi cannot claim that he did not know the whereabouts of the chickens removed from his poultry when the government had while embarking on the action, clearly stated that they were to be kept in a government poultry farm and would be releasd to him on demand.

It pointed out that while the House of Assembly had accused the deputy governor of operating a commercial poultry in a residential quarter in violation of a resolution of the assembly, Onyebuchi, in his defence, deliberately omitted the word “commercial” and compounded the offence by refusing to obey lawful directives some of which came from the Governor himself, to remove the poultry”

The group also described as  “tenuous and ignorant,” the deputy governor’s  claim that he refused to attend the South-east Governor’s meeting because Governor Chime did not formally hand over to him when he travelled.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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