The Kogi Socio-cultural group, Ujache Igala Association, has described the impeachment of Kogi State Deputy Governor, Chief Simon Achuba by the State House of Assembly as a hoax.
Accordingly, the group has rejected the exercise saying it was executed by inexperienced lawmakers without recourse to the feelings of the people.
Further, the group alleged the impeachment clearly reflected the wobbling brand of democracy being practiced in Kogi state by the Governor Yahaya Bello administration and the APC.
In a statement signed by the group’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Atekojo Samson Usman, in Lokoja over the weekend, the socio-cultural group said, the development was unacceptable because of its obvious bias against the people.
According to the group, the voices of dissent that trailed the processes particularly against Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who had vowed to do away with Chief Simon Achuba who previously refused to succumb to his anti-peoples policies in the state, clearly expressed the feelings of the people.
The statement said that the impeachment has further exposed Kogi assembly members as puppets and appendages of the executive who wait to take instructions from the executive before doing anything.
“The impeachment of Kogi Deputy Governor is unacceptable. We are living witnesses to how Mr Achuba refused to succumb to the anti-peoples policies in Kogi state and that is how the governor vowed to do away with him.
“The Rt Hon Simon Kolawole led Kogi state House of Assembly has been exposed as puppets and appendages of the Lugard House. They would always wait to take instructions from Yahaya Bello because they are never an independent arm”, the group insisted.
They further asserted that “there was a twist to the development as a result of Chief Edward Onoja’s desperation to occupy the deputy governorship office at all cost. In doing the bidding of the executive to pave way for the former Chief of Staff, the state House of Assembly goofed, and acted blindly to their constitutional responsibility.
According to them, “Simon Achuba’s revelation of humongous financial mess by Governor Bello in almost four years, which leaves the people in abject poverty should have formed the lawmakers’ sense of reasoning.
“The State Assembly would have looked at the revelation of financial misappropriation by the governor which has made poverty out of the people in the state”, they said.
They expressed optimism that the impeachment would be upturned by the court of competent jurisdiction in due course.