This is not the best of times for the Governor of Ebonyi State, Martin Elechi following the impeachment notice served on him by the State House of Assembly. But the embattled Governor has accused Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim of being responsible for his plight.
Other people that the governor believe have a hand in his ordeal include the Deputy
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus
and National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metu.
The State legislature is planning to remove the governor who should be concluding his second term in office over alleged gross financial misconduct.
In a eight count charge signed by fifteen lawmakers which was read on the floor of the House by the Acting Leader, Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, during its plenary friday, the legislators, had declared that the alleged gross misconduct was a clear violation of the constitution, which prompted them to endorse the
notice of impeachment on the governor.
Speaking with newsmen, in Abakaliki, shortly after the impeachment motion
was moved, Gov. Elechi alleged that the SGF and the others he accused offered
financial inducement to the lawmakers to remove him from office.
He said that Anyim had earlier during a national caucus
meeting of PDP at Abuja moved a motion for his impeachment on the
allegation that he, (Elechi), was working against the re-election of
President Goodluck Jonathan, and that he had been meeting with former
President, Olusegun Obasanjo and former Governor of Adamawa State,
Murtala Nyako to work against President Jonathan.
While denying ever meeting with Chief Obasanjo, whom he
described as an-in-law of Ebonyi state, or Nyako, whom he said he saw
last during expanded national executive council meeting of PDP before
he was impeached, Elechi, asserted that it was Anyim and his likes, through
their divisive activities, that were diminishing the President
Jonathan’s campaign effort in the state.
His words: “I mentioned this one of Anyim’s motion (at PDP caucus meeting)
because it has come to the public domain.
“I was to be in that meeting
but the notice came less than 24 hours and I had billed myself for
other things, so I didn’t attend. I’m relying now on the publications
of various papers and other things I hear about Anyim.
” I didn’t
exhaust all of them like his effort to stop the bond which we are eminently qualified for, he tried that but he failed.
“It is interesting for Nigerians to know that the decision to impeach
the Governor preceded the finding of justifiable reasons to do so.
” It is simply the case of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
“The legislator must be convinced that an impeachment is justifiable
before he or she can consent to it,, but because there have been no
justifiable reasons, many honourable members of Ebonyi State House of
Assembly received threat messages to either append their signatures or
risk assassination and/or a kidnap of their family members.
“Others are coerced from the National Headquarters of the PDP to give
their bank particulars so that (inducement) money will be paid into
them. The accused agents in this regard are, respectively, Uche Secondus (Deputy National Chairman) and Olisa Metu (National Publicity
” In consequence of the foregoing many Hon. Members of
Ebonyi State House of Assembly have either fled the state or are in
hiding,” he alleged.
The governor, equally blamed his ordeal to the controversy surrounding the PDP
primaries in November/December 2014, which he said led to large number
of PDP members moving enmass to the opposition Labour Party (LP), even as he
reiterated his earlier stand that nobody can beat a child and stop him
He said that the SGF has been using the federal power to terrorise his
administration with EFCC and ICPC, who arrest and detain government
officials and his son and eventually froze the account of Ebonyi
State/Local Government Joint Account, even before the conclusion of
Elechi stated that he was supposed to be the chairman of Presidential
Campaign committee of President Jonathan in the state but he was
denied campaign materials including TAN rice and N80 million which was
paid into the personal account of former Minister of Culture and
Tourism, Amb Frank Ogbuewu for the job.
He said already the development is
generating problem and bad blood in the state, as some individuals and stakeholders are demanding for
account of the funds.