Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor, has questioned the motive of the impeachment process instituted against him on Monday by lawmakers of the Benue State House of Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking at the Government House in reaction the impeachment notice served to him, Governor Ortom wondered if he is not entitled to the liberty of having affiliations with political parties of his choice.
He was referring to his decision last week to dump the APC for the PDP.
The Governor accused the Police of being partisan in the impeachment saga by providing security cover for the APC eight lawmakers and denying 22 PDP lawmakers access to the assembly complex.
He also alleged that the security agents were acting on the directives of George Akume, a former governor of the state and present APC leader in the state; Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police; and Lawal Daura, the Director General of the Department of State Services.
He said, “Police detachment from Abuja on the directives of Akume, IG and DG SSS forcefully allowed the eight members to occupy the House of Assembly despite the court injunction restraining the impeached Speaker from parading himself as the Speaker.
“Whereas Police sent away the 22 members last Friday when they wanted to sit, today, the same Police provided security for the eight members.
Governor Ortom appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call Idris and Daura to order.
He also pledged to challenge what he described as an “illegality.”
“As a law-abiding citizen, I believe in the rule of law and I will pursue it to tackle this illegality.
“Is it an offence to join any party of my choice?
“I appeal to Mr. President to rise and protect our democracy,” the governor said.