- The Kogi state government is set to swear in Edward Onoja as deputy governor
- This is coming following the sacking of Simon Achuba
- Onoja is also Governor Yahaya Bello's running mate in the coming governorship election
The running mate to Governor Yahaya Bello, Chief Edward Onoja in the forthcoming November 16, governorship election, would be sworn in on Saturday as the new deputy governor of Kogi state.
This is coming following the impeachment of the embattled former deputy governor, Simon Achuba by lawmakers.
NAN reports that the seven-member Judicial Panel of Enquiry was set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, on August 26 to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct leveled against Achuba had earlier submitted its report to the House.
The chairman of the panel, Barrister John Baiyeshea, flanked by six other members of the panel, submitted the report to the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole, at plenary.
Baiyeshea said the committee members had done their best, “We have done the best we know how to do according to law and evidence presented to us.
“The report is in three volumes; volume one contains all documents forwarded to us by the Chief Judge that he received from the assembly, and additional reports made available to the committee.
“Volume two contains the evidences giving during the proceeding and volume three contains reviews of the committee and recommendations,” he said.
The chairman, however, declined to reveal the position of the committee, saying doing so would amount to violation of constitutional provisions that guided the setting up of the panel.
Receiving the report, the speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole, expressed appreciation to the chief Judge for appointing men of proven integrity as members of the panel.
Kolawole explained that the task of ensuring good governance required collective efforts of all, and thanked the members for the timely presentation of the report.
“We shall go into the reports thoroughly, look into the recommendations and do justice to it,” saying that the committee had gone into the annals of history in Nigeria as the first to perform a thorough work devoid of interferences.
In his remarks, the deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Mohammad (APC- Ankpa I), said the exercise followed due process and thanked everyone for being responsive to the development of Kogi.
Recall that the Kogi chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) suspended Achuba from the party in August. He was suspended for anti-party activities before, during and after the 2019 general election.
The party also based the suspension on some actions the deputy governor took that constituted an embarrassment to the APC family in Kogi state.
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