No basis for Ortom’s impeachment

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom

THE Media Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Tahav Agerzua on Wednesday said that there is no basis for impeachment of the state governor.

Agerzua in a statement made available to our correspondent in Makurdi described the report of purported move to impeach the governor as ‘baseless’.

Security operatives had on Tuesday barricaded the entrance to the state assembly complex to forestall any break down of law and order over the purported plan to impeach the.speaker, ‘Terkibir Ikyange and the state governor, Samuel Ortom.

Agerzua said there was no basis for initiating impeachment, saying, ‘the process 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.

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The Media Adviser also dispelled the 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.

“Besides, he has no cause whatsoever to breach the provision of that law on any other,” Tahav said.

The statement stated that the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors have no reason whatsoever to believe the speculations which he described as ‘baseless as they are mischievous’.

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