Kogi West Senator, Melaye Condemns Impeachment Attempt Of Ortom
The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District have condemned the attempt to impeach the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Recall that NIGERIA NEWS had earlier revealed the impeachment attempt on the Governor of Benue State as well as the ongoing crisis brewing up in the state.
Also, recall that Dino Melaye just escaped kidnap attempt after he claimed to have been on the tree for 11 hours which was his escape route.
According to Melaye via a series of Tweet, “Impeaching a Governor for Public Enlightenment,” Melaye insisted that impeaching a governor in Nigeria was a serious matter.”
“Impeaching a sitting Governor of a State in Nigeria is a very serious matter.”
“Gross misconduct is defined by the Constitution as ‘…a grave violation or breach of the provisions of this Constitution or a misconduct of such nature as amounts in the opinion of the National Assembly to gross misconduct.”
“The Speaker of the State House of Assembly must within 7 days, serve the Governor of the State and each member of the State House of Assembly with a copy of the notice of allegation.”
“The Governor has a right of reply (he/she does not have to reply (however), and any such statement in reply to the allegation must be served on each member of the State House of Assembly.”
“Within 14 days of the presentation of the notice to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, the State House of Assembly shall resolve by motion without any debate whether or not the allegation shall be investigated. This motion needs to be passed by at least two-thirds majority of all members of the State House of Assembly.”
“If the motion fails to reach the required majority, the process immediately stops, and no further action will be taken. However, if the required majority is obtained and the motion is passed, then the Speaker of the State House of Assembly will within 7 days of passing of the motion, request the Chief Judge of the State to appoint a Panel of seven persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity to investigate the allegations.”
“The members of the Panel cannot be members of any public service, legislative house or political party.”
“The Panel is to report its findings within three months of being appointed. The findings will be reported to the State House of Assembly. During the proceedings of the Panel, the Governor shall have a right to defend himself, and shall also have the right to defend himself, and shall also have the right to be defended by a legal practitioner of his/her choice.”