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Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello (right) and his erstwhile deputy, Simon Achuba (Photo Courtesy: PM News)

Prof. Akin Oyebode of International Law and Jurisprudence, on Friday urged the impeached Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Simon Achuba, to challenge his impeachment in court, Concise News reports.

Oyebode told NAN that the impeachment was an abuse of the law.

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Until recently, Oyebode was a professor of International Law and Jurisprudence in the University of Lagos.

He said that seeking redress would serve as a deterrent to future abusers of the process of law.

“Impeachment is an admixture of law and politics. Even, so often, politicians act as if it is more of the latter than the former.

“Abuse of the process is a reflection of our steep learning curve.

“Achuba, who is the victim of this recklessness should make recourse to the law as both a redress as well as deterence to future abusers.

“It seems Nigerians never learn to do things right,” Oyebode said.

Achuba was impeached by members of the State House of Assembly on October 19 in Lokoja.

Governor Yahaya Bello had after the impeachment chosen his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, to replace Achuba as the new Deputy Governor.

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

Achuba, had in August raised 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.

Kogi 2019: Let your campaign be issue-based – CSO urges parties

In related news, Hamza Aliyu, the Executive Director, Initiative for Grassroots Advancement,  has called on political parties fielding candidates for November 16 governorship election in Kogi to shun hate speech and focus campaigns on critical issues of governance.

Aliyu, who made the call in an interview with NAN on Saturday in Lokoja, said that the fear of possible violence in the election expressed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as the electorate was not misplaced.

The director regretted that elections in the state and the country had continued to be marred by violence because the parties, apart from lacking in ideology, engaged in campaigns of calumny rather than critical issues.

“Maybe as a result of the fact that many of the perpetrators of violence in previous elections have not been prosecuted, arrested or sanctioned to serve as a deterrent, more parties are getting involved in it.

“If you look at the history of our elections, they have often been marked by one form of violence or the other.

“Most times this violence is what stops people from participating in elections, especially, women, the aged and People Living With Disabilities.

“Politicians do not appear to have learnt anything.

“After the previous elections, they still see violent acts like ballot box snatching, shootings, disorderly conduct and other forms of malpractices as a way of winning elections and we have seen this repeated in every electoral cycle.

“The people want good infrastructure, good roads, health, education, good governance but we don’t hear this in campaigns.

“What we hear are campaigns of calumny, hate speeches, bring him down. That person is not good because he has a big head or that the other has small leg. We do not have issue-based campaigns,’’ he said.

He, however, charged security agencies to avoid complacency but endeavour to arrest and prosecute electoral law offenders since the electoral umpire, INEC, lacked the power to arrest and prosecute offenders.

Aliyu called on security agencies in the country to allay the fears of election observers by ensuring that the Kogi and Bayelsa polls are fair, credible and free.