Ebonyi Assembly begins impeachment proceedings against Gov. Elechi

The Ebonyi State House of Assembly has agreed to serve an impeachment notice on Governor Martin Elechi, after accusing the governor of corruption and gross misconduct.

A motion for the notice to be served on the governor was approved after the acting Majority Leader of the House, Francis Nwifruru, on Friday, read details accusing Mr. Elechi of undermining the integrity of the House and committing fraudulent acts.

The Ebonyi Assembly had last Wednesday, February 18, set up a panel to investigate allegations of financial misappropriation against the governor and some of his aides.

The assembly took the decision following petitions it received from groups in the state, including Ebonyi Integrity Group.

In one of the petitions, the embattled governor, his son, Elechi Elechi, and Edward Nkwegu, among others, were accused of contract inflation and illegal use of state funds for private gains.

Before the probe panel was constituted, the House Leader, Ikechukwu Ogbu, had read the petitions written against the governor on the floor of the assembly.

The petitions were adopted through a motion sponsored by Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, a member representing Izzi West State constituency.

In his contribution, the Minority Leader, Enyi Enyi, described the allegations against Mr. Elechi as shocking, adding that the governor risked impeachment if found guilty.

Other lawmakers who spoke that Wednesday urged the assembly to invoke all its constitutional powers to deal with the issue.

They, however, pointed out that those accused would be given the opportunity to defend themselves before the house takes necessary action.

Shortly after debates on the petitions were concluded, the Speaker, Chukwuma Nwazunku, called for a voice vote and members unanimously agreed that the governor be investigated.

The assembly, thereby, set up a special panel headed by Odefa Odefa, a member representing Onicha South, to further investigate the allegations and report its findings to the assembly.

Martins Elechi, Governor of Ebonyi State
Martins Elechi, Governor of Ebonyi State

The speaker noted that the essence of the special committee was to do a thorough investigation on the weighty allegations against the governor.

Apparently aware of the thickening plot to oust him, Mr. Elechi had told members of Ezza Ezzekuna Youth Congress, who paid him a solidarity visit at the government house in Abakiliki, that top politicians were holding meetings to remove him from office.

“I want to bring to your notice that some politicians who have vowed to govern this state at all cost have been holding secret meetings on how to impeach me,” the governor said.

“They said I’m a bad person and that if I continue to remain in power they will not have their way of ruling the state. All I can say is that if they sack me, I will relocate to my home.”

He called on the youth not to allow the state be taken over by desperate politicians who do not have their interest at heart.

Mr. Elechi asked the youth to be vigilant and resist any attempt to use them to stoke crisis which would not bring any good to the state.

The move on Friday, to serve the governor an impeachment notice, came after the House completed its investigation.


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  • Eze1

    Between Elechi and Orji, who is the worst Governor in Nigeria?

    • naijaborn5

      Orji you need to go to that state and see for yourself

      • chukzee

        LMFAO. Abia Kwenu!

    • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

      Orji the worst Gov ever

      • robo

        And he is not threatened with impeachment. That is Nigeria our time!!!!!

  • dd

    Elechi bite the finger that fed him and now he is crying to the youth.

    • Dan Arewa

      The next will be Dave Umahi who planned all this.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Elechi, like many others holding the masses by the jugular is a product of a poisonous tree, the PDP.

  • sammyctu ode

    Once he disagreed with the national pdp and jonathan, they instigated impeachment notice through greedy lawbreakers which means that as long as pdp is in power, there can never be true democracy in Nigeria. I can’t understand why people can’t have divergent views with other people within the same party. This is another example that majority of Nigerians can’t put their faith, hope and democracy in the hands of jonathan and pdp anymore. CHANGE COME MARCH 28TH IN JESUS NAME.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Time to pack and go, after all there is life after poloitocal office. Elechii you are not alone in running state governance like a family business where the Father, mother and children dictate the tune, your types abound in most states of the federation. Bye bye papa or Baba or diokapa or Agadi nwoke

  • Onyeka Onwenu

    “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s”.
    This is Jonathan’s hand work.

  • Olumide Owolabi

    Dear Editor Bola Bad belle,

    What is the next anti-Jonathan news on your website? and what is the next pro Duncee news?

  • Faruk Al-amin

    jonathans and PDP handy work, well your on dsame team any way, go kiss boss jonathan b***t and he might reconsider

  • Okey

    In his own interest, Jonathan must stop this dance of lame in Abakaliki.

    Let me first state that on the social media platform, I have had to be harsh on Governor Martin Elechi in the past. One was when he denied the concession of Nigercem Nkalagu to the Ibeto Group and punished Ebonyi traditional rulers who supported the concession. Another was when a gaff was credited to him to the effect that Ebonyi State did not want a National Conference as called by President Jonathan. I then dismissed Elechi as having not grown past “the Wawa mentality of fighting over little or nothing, whilst sleeping over or discountenancing the meaningful.”

    Nevertheless, I will not support the present move by the two otherwise irreconcilable enemies – Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and former Governor Sam Egwu – to pretend to reconcile their irreconcilable differences on the head of Governor Martin Elechi. For what they are simply and plainly gunning for is how to turn themselves freebooters of Ebonyi State immediately after the exit of Governor Martin Elechi (even though I have no single doubt the chasm that exists between the duo will widen and exacerbate thereafter).

    Rather, I worry that the very narrow interest of Chief Anyim and Chief Sam Agwu will ultimately grievously hurt Jonathan in the upcoming presidential election, not just in Ebonyi State but in the heart of many Igbos as a whole. At this hour, Martin Elechi is the proverbial Igbo goat that the owner is bound to be seen when the goat is killed. Make no mistakes about it, Governor Martin Elechi has his own followers, supporters and sympathizers who are bound to cut a pound of flesh from Jonathan in the event that the duo of Chief Anyim and Chief Sam Egwu had their. The duo have taken party structure and everything that matter from Governor Elechi, why the need to strip him naked in the market square ? Consequentially, some Igbos all over the country are bound to react and Jonathan is bound to be the ultimate victim.

    Jonathan, in his own interest, must stop this dance of lame and self-defeating journey in Abakaliki.

  • Richard

    It is the case of dogs eating dogs.

  • ’70

    Finally waking up?

  • Okey

    .