The Anambra state chapter of PDP has demanded Governor Willie Obiano’s impeachment. This was made known on Monday after a stakeholders meeting of the party.
The party accused the governor of constitutional abuse when he travelled abroad and spent 30 days without transmitting a letter to that effect to the state House of Assembly as required by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It therefore, called on the House to commence impeachment process against Obiano.
Speaking on the issue the state chairman Chief Ken Emeakayi said, “We have written to the police, DSS and other security agencies in the country to let them know that the governor is now acting illegally. “We have duly notified the state House of Assembly in separate letters and we are calling on them to immediately commence impeachment proceedings on the governor because his offence is very clear.
“Obiano had in January, at the peak of the yuletide travelled to the US, without transmitting a letter to the House of Assembly, and stayed 30 days without his deputy acting as governor and as such not fit to continue with the task upon return. He is no longer the governor of this by this breach.”
The PDP added among other things that failure to conduct local government elections in the state as required by section 7 of the constitution is also an impeachable offence.
However, a swift response from the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Media, Strategic Communication and Legislative Matters, Prince Oliver Okpala dismissed the PDP’s allegation as laughable.
He stated that “The present development and allegations are laughable because the person making the allegation has a case of locus-standi in law to decide if he is a fit and proper person to speak on behalf of the PDP as the Chairman in Anambra State judging from the recent political developments in his party.
“Is he the fit and proper person to speak or write any letter to the State Assembly as State Chairman of the party? Which side of the party does he belongs to, the Markafi faction or the Ali Modu Sheriff faction?” he queried.
“Also may we know if all the legal actions instituted by other party members challenging his position as Chairman have been resolved?
“These are fundamental issues to be resolved first before we can know who is making the allegations against the Governor; which party he represents and in which position he is speaking or writing because you know that the Markafi faction of the PDP has rejected the Court of Appeal judgement and has gone to challenge it at the Supreme Court; not until these legal issues are resolved, the position and authenticity of the allegations may not attract the attention of any legitimate organ of government.”