Abuja - A pro-democracy organisation has raised concern at the handling of the impeachment process of Governor Martins Elechi of Ebonyi State.
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), in a statement at the weekend signed by its Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, called those pushing for the impeachment to think of the overall implications of their actions.
“The attention of the Transition Monitoring Group has been drawn to the recent impeachment notice reported to have been served on Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martins Elechi," read a statement.
"While we are not interested in the partisan considerations or the political squabbles that led to the Governor being served with the notice; we use this medium to call on those hell bent on pushing him out office to think of the overall implications of their actions."
TMG said at a time when revenues accruing to states were dwindling and with the fact that the governor had less than two months to the end of his tenure, his critics should "wisely allow sleeping dogs lie."
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"In due course the man would run out his tenure, and he would be without the immunity that shields him from prosecution, if indeed he has committed any infraction,” the statement read.
The group added that the alleged desperation with which the process was being pursued tends to suggest that there is more to it than met the eye.
“The fact that the governor has less than two months to stay in office, should have been enough reason for those calling for his head to let peace reign," TMG stated.
"This is the kind of desperation and impunity that has made Nigeria’s democracy remain in the woods. It is always all about the political actors pushing their self-centred agenda through without respect for the interests and express wishes of the people.”
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According to the election monitoring group, if the impeachment succeeded the people of Ebonyi State would bear the biggest brunt.
It would also compromise the state coffers.
"The new man will want his own new fleet of cars, and is likely to hurriedly deep his hands into the State treasury, knowing that he has very little time to spend,” TMG warned.
The Governor is accused of huge financial misappropriation and undermining the integrity of the House of Assembly.
- CAJ News