From Austine Tule, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday described media reports of a plot to impeach him by the Benue State House of Assembly as baseless.
He said that it was untrue that he had plans to sack the 23 elected council chairmen in the state through the state House of Assembly.
The governor stated that it was mischievous for anyone to think that the Benue State House of Assembly on Tuesday sat to consider his impeachment, insisting that the speculations were entirely baseless.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Chief Tahav Agerzua, noted that “speculation which came on the heels of another that Governor Ortom wants to dissolve the 23 Councils in the state was also unfounded.
“From the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, it is impracticable for any House of Assembly to impeach a governor in one day.
“According to constitutional provisions, the processes leading to the impeachment of a governor takes not less than three months to consummate,” he said.
Agerzua explained that “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 on Tuesday.
“Similarly, the rumours making the rounds that the governor was about to dissolve the 23 elected local government areas in the state have no justification,” he said.
He said that Ortom who believes in the rule of law and was aware that, by the provision of the Benue State Local Government Law, has no power to dissolve the councils, stressing that there was also no cause whatsoever to breach the provision of the law on any other.
The governor concluded that “elected local government chairmen and councillors have no reason whatsoever to believe the speculations which are as baseless as they mischievous.”