Just days after he defected from the ruling All Progressives’ Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), eight APC members of the Benue State House of Assembly have served Governor Samuel Ortom an impeachment notice.
The governor’s spokesperson, Tahav Agerzua, said the lawmakers took over the House of Assembly complex with the help of an APC senator and former state governor, George Akume, who brought police officers from Abuja.
The lawmakers are believed to have been led by Terkimbi Ikyange who was impeached as Speaker of the 30-member House and further suspended for six months for “unparliamentary behaviour” last week. The former speaker has remained defiant, insisting in public that he was still Speaker, ruling his impeachment an illegality as the right procedure was not followed in the impeachment process.
Reports from Makurdi, the state capital, have noted that the APC faction in the House is accusing the governor of embezzlement of funds to the tune of N33 billion, non-performance and other issues.