The Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja on Thursday declared the removal of the former Kogi deputy governor, of Simon Achuba illegal.
Recall that Achuba was impeached by the State Assembly in October 2019, following the submission of a report of the committee set up by the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct.
Achuba challenged his impeachment and sought for relief of the court to declare his impeachment as illegal and to be reinstated as the rightful deputy governor of the state.
Ruling on the matter, Justice John Olorunfemi described Achuba’s removal as a violation of the constitution and the subsequent nomination of Edward Onoja as the deputy governor did not follow due process.
The State Assembly’s action, according to the Judge was a constitutional coup and is contrary to Section 188 subsection 8, a section that stopped the Assembly from further action having discovered that the former deputy governor was not found wanting by the panel.
The Judge said the onus to produce the remaining volumes of the report purported to have indicted the former deputy governor rest with the defendants which they failed to do.
He pointed out that the 29th defendants also did not file a counter-notice, describing the process of removing the former deputy governor as not following due process.