Legislative Recklessness in Kogi State By Nonso Obiadazie
As a public affairs commentator, I cannot keep calm and watch the kind of legislative recklessness in Kogi. The most disturbing part of such heedlessness is the fact that it is laced with judicial malfeasances.
Mr. Simon Achuba, Deputy Governor of Kogi State was impeached by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly on Friday regardless of the report (which exculpated him) of the Committee set up by the House to investigate the Deputy Governor.
Constitutionally, where a Panel reports to the House of Assembly that the allegation HAS NOT BEEN PROVED, no further proceedings shall be taken in respect of the matter. This provision received a judicial blessing by the Supreme Court in ALHAJI ABUBAKAR DANLADI v. TARABA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY & ORS (2014) AELR 5174 (SC).
As Niki Tobi JSC (of blessed memory) in OWNERS OF M/V BACO LINER 3 v ADENIJI (1993) 2 NWLR (Pt 274) 203 opined: “one can add something to something, but one cannot add something to nothing because there will be nothing to receive the ‘something’. The ‘something’ which will have nothing to support it will fall away, following Newton’s scientific law of gravity or gravitation”
Therefore, the swearing of Onoja by the Chief Judge of Kogi is nothing but a mere political ceremony. A kindred gathering. It is tantamount to nothing! It is an aberration and highly unconstitutional.