Edward Onoja Sworn In As Kogi Deputy Gov

Edward Onoja has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State.

The swearing-in ceremony held on Monday at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.

Onoja, a former Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, was inaugurated shortly after he appeared before members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Meanwhile the House of Assembly had on the same day confirmed Onoja as the deputy governor of the state  after he was screened by members of the House at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Lokoja, the state capital.

He wasthe former Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello.

Onoja’s screening and confirmation by the lawmakers came barely three days after the impeachment of the former deputy governor of the state, Simon Achuba.

Achuba was impeached on Friday after the House received the report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The Majority Leader of the House and lawmaker representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr 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.

He said 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 a 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.

The lawmakers had, thereafter, directed the Chief Judge in the state to set up a committee to proceed with the impeachment of Achuba.