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8 APC Benue Lawmakers Serve Impeachment Notice on Gov. Ortom, Insist He Must Go


All Progressives Congress lawmakers in Benue State House of Assembly, Monday, insisted that the he state Governor, Samuel Ortom must be impreached.
Eight lawmakers of the Benue state House of Assembly under the APC served impeachment notice on the Governor after they held plenary.
Reports said the eight lawmakers Monday morning took over the premises of the Assembly, suspended 22 remaining lawmakers and served an impeachment notice on Ortom.
The Assembly has 30 members in total. It would take at least two-thirds to impeach the Governor. Also, eight members cannot form a quorum, which requires at least one-third of the total.
Ortom defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) five days ago after he said the APC had given him a ‘red card’
Meanwhile, the plot to oust him is allegedly coordinated by Terkimbi Ikyange who was removed as Speaker of the Assembly last week.
This is as detachment of heavily armed policemen have shutdown the State House of Assembly.
The anti-Ortom lawmakers were listed as Adanyi Benjamin, Terhemba Chabo, Benjamin Nungwa, Bem Mngutyo, Adams Okloho, James Okefe and Nick Eworo.
According to Ortom’s spokesman, Tahav Agerzua, the lawmakers who sat in the state’s Assembly complex on Monday, gained access to the state assembly complex while the police barricaded further access to the House.
Last Friday, some members of the House scaled the fence into the Assembly complex but could not enter the chamber. The 22 who are loyal to the Governor then converged on the Government House to hold plenary.
At the sitting, a six-week suspension was imposed on Ikyange who was accused of allegedly disparaging the House by mobilising security operatives to the Assembly.
Those seeking the removal of Ortom have listed corruption allegations against the Governor, accusing him of misappropriating billions of public funds while state workers groan amidst unpaid salaries.
However, the 22 lawmakers described Ortom’s impeachment as illegal. They sat at the Old Banquet Hall, Makurdi, after being denied access to the Assembly complex.
House Majority Leader, Avine Agbom, said Ikyange, who presided over the session by the purported 10 lawmakers, had been impeached and suspended for six months, rendering his activities illegal, null and void.
Agbom also moved for the suspension of all members who attended the session where the said impeachment notice was initiated.
Ikyange was said to have also been barred from entering the parliament via a court order.

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