The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has sworn in his former Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja as the Deputy Governor of the state a few days after the former Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba was impeached.
Onoja was sworn in on Monday, October 21, by the Chief Judge (CJ) of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, after he was screened by members of state assembly at the assembly complex in Lokoja.
The state assembly had, on Friday, October 18, impeached Elder Achuba shortly after receiving the report of the panel set up to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the former deputy.
Achuba on Sunday declared his impeachment as unconstitutional, saying that he will challenge it in court.
Onoja who recently resigned as the Chief of Staff to the Governor, is the running mate to Bello, in the November 16 state governorship election.
The Majority Leader of the House and the lawmaker representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that the committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mathew Kolawole.
He explained that the lawmakers subsequently considered the report and took a unanimous decision to impeach Achuba.
In his reaction, Achuba condemned the action of the lawmakers, saying that his impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional.
Achuba was sworn in as the Deputy Governor on February 9, months after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He was, however, reported to be engulfed in disagreement with Governor Bello, an issue which snowballed into trading blames.
In August 2019, the former deputy governor raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.
He also criticised the administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and Governor Bello.
In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government in a statement slammed the impeached deputy governor, saying he had no evidence for his claims.
The statement also said the government does not train assassins and cannot be involved in sending killers after anyone.
This caught the attention of the State Assembly which announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Achuba for criticising the governor.