The Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from its stakeholders meeting yesterday requesting the State House of Assembly to impeach Governor Willie Obiano over alleged constitutional breaches.
But in a swift response, Obiano dismissed the request, describing it as laughable.State Chairman of the PDP, Prince Ken Emeakayi, had at the meeting accused the governor of recently travelling out of the country for over one month without transmitting a letter to the House of Assembly as required by law.
He told members of the party who attended the meeting that the governor simply disappeared for over a month- a situation he said contravened relevant sections of the constitution.
The PDP said Obiano was no longer fit to be governor of the state and urged the House to commence his impeachment process immediately. Emeakayi pointed out that all relevant authorities and agencies, including the security agencies have been duly informed.
“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 House of Assembly in separate letters on the breaches committed by the governor which are very clear.
Obiano had travelled to the United States in January without transmitting a letter to the House of Assembly and stayed for 30 days without his deputy acting as governor and as such he is not fit to continue with the task upon his return. By this breach, he is no longer the governor of the state,” Emeakayi said.
He added that the governor had also failed to conduct local government elections in the state as required by the constitution.When contacted on the development, officers of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at the state and the national headquarters declined comments.
However, Special Assistant on Media, Strategic Communication and Legislative Matters, Prince Oliver Okpala, described the allegations as “laughable.”
He said: “The allegations are laughable because the person making the allegation has no locus standi in law to decide if he is the proper person to speak on behalf of the PDP judging from the recent political developments in the party.
“Is he the proper person to speak or write any letter to the House of Assembly as state chairman of the party? Which side of the party does he belong, to the Ahmed Makarfi faction or the Ali-Modu Sheriff faction,” he asked.