Ortom Denies Impeachment Move against Him


The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has denied move by the Benue State House of Assembly to impeach him even as he described the initiative as baseless and mere media speculations.

In a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT Mr.Tahav Agerzua, the governor said the speculation that the Benue State House of Assembly sat to consider the impeachment of Governor Samuel Ortom are entirely baseless.

He said the speculation, which came on the heels of another that Governor Ortom wants to dissolve the 23 Councils in the State, is also unfounded.

He said from the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, it is impracticable for any House of Assembly to impeach a governor in one day.

“According to constitutional provisions, the processes leading to the impeachment of the governor take not less than three months to consummate.

In the case of the Benue state governor, not one of the impeachment procedures has been activated so it is impossible for the House to have impeached him at its sitting yesterday”.

He said rumours making the rounds that the Governor was about to dissolve the 23 elected local government councils in the State have no justification.

“Governor Ortom who believes in the Rule of Law is aware that, by the provision of the Benue State Local Government Law, he has no powers to dissolve the councils/and besides, he has no cause whatsoever to breach the provision of that law on any other”

The governor disclosed that the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councillors have no reason whatsoever to believe the speculations, which are as baseless as they are mischievous.


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