Gov. Chime Gets New Deputy

Ralph Nwoye, new Enugu State Deputy Governor
Ralph Nwoye

Ralph Ifeanyichukwu Nwoye, a reverend of the Christ Ascension Church, has emerged as the new deputy governor of Enugu State.

He replaces Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, who was impeached by the Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday.

The new deputy governor was screened and cleared by the House on Thursday, following his nomination by Governor Sullivan Chime.

After the House had returned from a short break during Thursday’s plenary session, the speaker, Eugene Odoh, read a letter forwarded to the House by the governor, urging them to expeditiously consider, and approve Nwoye’s nomination.

The break was occasioned by the receipt of the letter.

Relying on the provisions of section 191 (3) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, Chime in the letter said Nwoye’s nomination was sequel to the vacancy in the Office of the Deputy Governor.

After the letter had been read, the Leader of the House, S. K. Ude-Okoye, seconded by the Deputy Leader, John Ukuta, moved motions for the immediate acceptance and consideration of the letter, and for the nominee’s screening.

Nwoye was ushered into the chambers of the House for screening, but ended up just taking a bow after a lawmaker, John Anichukwu, pleaded with his colleagues that “the reverend gentleman standing before us be allowed to take a bow and leave the chambers.”

Ude-Okoye supported the plea, noting that Nwoye had been screened and cleared by the House in the past, when he was appointed as the Commissioner for the Environment and Solid Minerals, as well as when he served as the elected deputy chairman of Nkanu East Local Government Area.

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