A state Supreme Court in Lokoja has declared the removal of Simon Achuba, former deputy governor of Kogi, by the State House of Assembly.
Justice John Olorunfemi said Wednesday as he pronounced that the removal of Achuba by the Assembly is a violation of the constitution and the subsequent appointment of Edward Onoja as the deputy governor, has not followed an appropriate trial
Justice Olorunfemi described the action of the Kogi State House of Assembly as a constitutional coup, hatched and executed in a democracy and further stated that the action is contrary to section 188, paragraph 8, a section that prevented the assembly from taking further action after the former deputy governor was not missed by the panel.
The judge said it was the job to produce the remaining parts of the report that were alleged to rest the former vice-governor with the defendants they had not done.
He also pointed out that the 29th defendants also did not file a counterclaim describing the removal process of the former deputy governor as not following the correct procedure.
Achuba had previously challenged his deposition by the Kogi State Assembly and requested relief from the court to declare his deposition illegal and to be restored as the legitimate deputy governor of the state.
According to them, the deposed deputy governor’s counsel, Jibrin Okutachi (SAN), argued in a 13-page sworn statement that the court should reject the clerk’s request, describing it as a breach of court order 11, line 2, paragraph 4 and Article 115, paragraph 4 of the certificate of evidence.
Achuba was accused in October 2019 by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.
His accusation followed the submission of a report from the commission established by the state’s chief judge, justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former vice-governor.