The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has been served an impeachment notice by eight out of the 30 members of the State House of Assembly a few days after he defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The impeachment notice served on Ortom was announced by the Governor’s spokesman, Tahav Agerzua, who said the APC lawmakers have also taken over the premises of the state parliament with the support of the police.
The lawmakers were also said to have locked out other members who defected to the PDP alongside Ortom and are bent of removing the governor for daring to dump the party which broguht him to power.
“They (APC lawmakers) have taken over the House of Assembly and served the governor an impeachment notice despite a court order forbidding them from doing so.”
Agerzua also claimed that Sen. George Akume, a former governor of the state and former political of the governor, was the one who brought police officers from Abuja to attempt to use eight lawmakers to ‘impeach a governor in a House made up of 30 lawmakers.’
The crisis in the state comes a few days after Governor Ortom announced his decision to leave the APC and the decision of 23 PDP lawmakers who impeached the House Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, on allegations that he was not carrying other members along in legislative activities.
Ikyange who has remained in the APC despite recent the mass defection of his colleagues, was said to have been impeached because he was no longer in the majority party. Some of the majority House members who impeached the Speaker, however, insisted it had nothing to do with his status as a minority lawmaker.