A mild drama occurred at the Benue State House of Assembly on Monday after eight lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress, APC, moved the motion for the impeachment of the state Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Chaos erupted after police officers had stormed the Assembly Complex and denied access to the 22 lawmakers who are reportedly in support of the Governor.
Spokesperson of the eight lawmakers informed journalists after their sitting that the House has commenced impeachment proceedings against Governor Ortom on the allegations of diversion of state funds and abuse of office.
The spokesperson also stated that 15 members of the House have been suspended for six months.
The 15 suspended lawmakers are part of the 22 lawmakers who impeached Terkimbi Ikyange, the former House Speaker, last week.
The action of the lawmakers may not be unconnected with the Governor’s decision to dump the APC platform on which he was elected and return back to his initial party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.
Governor Ortom had last week defected to the PDP, after alleging that he was given a “red card” by the APC leadership in the state.
The impeachment saga and the lawmakers’ suspension also comes after Titus Mba, a member of the PDP, was elected to replace Ikyange as the new Speaker.