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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Senator Dino Melaye Respond To Plans By APC Lawmakers To Impeach Benue Governor

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West, who recently left the Congress of Progressive Peoples, APC, at the Democratic Party of Peoples, PDP, condemned the plans of the legislators of the Allied Progressive Congress to remove Governor Samuel Ortom from the state from Benue.

The controversial legislator said only eight lawmakers ran out of constitutional powers to remove him from office.

Melaye in a series of tweets insisted that the dismissal of a governor in Nigeria requires more than eight legislators

He wrote: "Reaching a governor of a state in Nigeria is a very serious matter

"Notice of any allegation in writing alleging serious misconduct on the part of the governor This notice, which must be signed by at least a third of the members of the House of Assembly, shall be presented to the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

"Serious misconduct is defined by the Constitution as" ... a serious violation or a violation of the provisions of this Constitution or a fault of such nature that the amounts of the opinion of the National Assembly to a serious fault ".

"The President of the State House of Assembly shall, within seven days, serve on the Governor of the State and on each member of the House of Assembly of the State a copy of the notice of allegation .

"The Governor has a right of reply (he / she does not have to answer (however), and such a statement in response to the allegation must be served on every member of the State House of Assembly.

"Within 14 days of the presentation of the notice to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, the House of Assembly shall decide, by motion without debate, whether or not the allegation is the subject of This motion must be passed by a majority of at least two-thirds of all members of the House of Assembly.

If the motion does not reach the required majority, the process stops immediately and no further action is taken. However, if the required majority is obtained and the motion is adopted, the Speaker of the House of Assembly shall, within seven days after the adoption of the motion, request the Chief Justice of the State to appoint a group. seven people. opinion are of indisputable integrity to investigate the allegations. Group members can not be members of any public service, legislative chamber or political party.

"The Panel must report its findings within three months of its appointment, and the results will be reported to the State House of Assembly, and during the Panel's proceedings the Governor will have the right to defend himself and will also have the right to defend himself, and will also have the right to be defended by a lawyer of his choice. "

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