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Court Declares Impeachment Of Elder Achuba, Former Kogi Deputy Governor As Null And Void.

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A High Court sitting in Lokoja, has declared the removal of Elder Simon Achuba, former Deputy Governor by the Kogi State House of Assembly as Null and Void adding that the subsequent nomination of Chief Edward Onoja did not follow due process.

Delivering Judgement on the matter brought before the court by Elder Simon Achuba, Justice John Olorunfemi of the Lokoja High Court 4 declared the removal of the former Kogi State Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba from office by the Assembly as a violation of the Constitution, adding that the actions and subsequent nomination of another person to the office by the lawmakers was null and void.

Elder Simon Achuba vs the KSHA and 29 others had been on following the removal of the Deputy Governor, Justice Olorunfemi, described the action of the Kogi State House of Assembly as a constitutional coup, hatched and executed in a democracy, said the action is contrary to Section 188 subsection 8, a section that stopped the Assembly from further action having discovered that the former Deputy Governor was not found wanting by the panel.

The Judge said the onus to produce the remaining volumes of the report purported to have indicted the former Deputy Governor rest with the defendants which they fail to do, pointed out that the 29th defendants also did not file a counter notice, described the process of removing the former deputy governor as not following due process.

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