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MAJORITY Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, has urged members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, to disregard calls by some individuals in the country, to institute impeachment proceedings against Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
BENIN CITY — MAJORITY Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, has urged members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, to disregard calls by some individuals in the country, to institute impeachment proceedings against Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
He said the governor is yet to be found guilty of the allegation levelled against him by the British police, therefore it will amount to injustice to attempt any impeachment proceedings at this stage.
“That statement made by President Olusegun Obasanjo, that for now the Bayelsa State governor is innocent ,until he is found guilty by the London court, is the correct position of the law and I want to align with that,” the Majority leader told Vanguard yesterday, in Benin City.
Mr Obahiagbon who strongly condemned those calling for the impeachment of the governor, argued that “as a lawyer of over fifteen years, I feel calling for the impeachment of the governor just now for reasons which has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt, is not fair. As a result, members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly must disregard that call and follow the part of reason”.
“It is against the cardinal rule of justice for you to say that a man should be derobed from his official position because he was arrested for what has not been proven. Yes, if the governor is found guilty of the offence at the end of the day and you are now saying that he has lost the moral value upon which to continue as governor of the state, that becomes a different ball game.
“Right now he is still a suspect and until the legal process is completed, nobody should call for impeachment. And that is why, as honourable men, members of the state House should tread with caution.They should resist monetary promises by the opposition who wants the governor removed. All they should do now is to support their governor at this critical time, so that there will be law and order in the state” he stated.
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