Edward Onoja being screened by members of the State House of Assembly. (Image credit: Channels TV)

The Kogi State House of Assembly on Monday confirmed Edward Onoja as the Deputy governor of the north-central state.

Concise News understands that Onoja was asked to take a bow and go.

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The Speaker of the House, Prince Mathew Kolawole, charged the new deputy governor to support the vision of governor Bello.

Kolawole directed the Clerk to convey this development to the Judiciary by swearing in Onoja as the new deputy governor.

The House, however, adjourned sitting to Tuesday December 3, 2019.

This development is coming a few days after Onoja resigned as the governor’s Chief of Staff and Achuba’s subsequent impeachment by the state House of Assembly.

Achuba’s impeachment followed the submission of a report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

It was learned that a seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Kolawole, before Achuba was impeached.

Achuba was sworn in as the Deputy Governor on 9 February, after defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

But the two men later fell out, with Achuba, in August 2019, raising an alarm of an alleged threat to his life as he accused Bello of intolerance of contrary views.

He also criticised Bello’s administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and the governor.

Members of the Assembly said the action of Achuba was gross misconduct against Bello and the people of Kogi State.

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

But Achuba filed an application before the State High Court, Lokoja, to challenge the impeachment notice served on him.

Reacting to his impeachment, Achuba condemned the state House of Assembly over their actions, stressing that his impeachment by the lawmakers was illegal.

He said: “What they have done is nothing. I am the deputy governor of Kogi State and I remain the deputy governor of Kogi State.

“Impeachment has processes and the last process of impeachment is the verdict of the panel.

“If the panel says the case of the complainant is proved, it means that the accused which is the respondent in the case can be removed. But if their case is not proved, they can’t do anything concerning my office and that is the situation.”

He explained that he did what was expected of him and presented himself before members of the seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge in the state.

“So, what you have seen is the continuation of the illegality that I have complained about loudly,” he saod.

“I will get a copy of the report in no time to prove to you that what they have done is complete illegality.”