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SDP accuses Ayade of impeachable offences

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The opposition Social Democratic Party () in Cross River state has accused Governor Ben of committing various offences through what said were unconstitutional actions and utterances, and wondered why the State House of Assembly was not initiating impeachment processes against him.
The governorship candidate of in the last general election, Barr Eyo Ekpo, who made the remarks in Calabar, Monday during a chat, said it was unfortunate that members of the Assembly turned a blind eye to the excesses of the governor while the state was being run aground.
Ekpo listed what he called the governor’s crimes as his refusal to implement budget for four years running, spending unappropriated monies without accountability and running government in secrecy.
The former candidate further accused of unconstitutionally making his brother a ‘co-governor,’ saying such appellation gave the governor’s brother unwarranted audacity and influence over every other person, no matter how highly placed, including .
“Look, we have had four budgets and he has not implemented any of them; he has been spending money without accounting, without publicly accounting for it. Look at how he has been running government, he calls his brother co-governor. His brother has more influence in government than ; all these are offences.
“Unfortunately, nobody in the House will make a move to impeach him or call him to order. Ayade will not and cannot be impeached even if he goes to Watt market and beheads a man in the afternoon.
“The House of Assembly sees nothing wrong in a governor bringing down the state to this level of ignominy, and this is a state where people were looking up to and coming into for business, for leisure and pleasure. We have come to the level where nothing is working anymore, yet we have a House of Assembly,” he stated.

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