June 13, 2024

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Odukpani Lawmakers Impeach Leader On 5-Count charges, Elect New Leader

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Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar

Leader of Odukpani Legislative Council, Godswill Iya has been impeached for alleged misappropriation of public funds. The lawmakers also elected Effiong Okokon to replace the impeached Leader.

TNN gathered that the impeachment came on the grounds of a 5-count charge signed by 11 out of the 13 councillors in the Local Government Area.

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The charges against the erstwhile leader reads:

“1. That the leadership style of Hon. Godwin Iya is fraught with inefficiency and administrative high-handedness without regards to his colleagues in the council.

“2. That his leadership is enmeshed in gross embezzlement and misappropriation of funds meant for the legislature and reckless spending of legislative vote without due process.

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“3. That as a leader whose fundamental duty is to protect the sanctity of the legislature and the interest of his colleagues Hon. Godswill Iya on the contrary used his position as a leader to obtain monies from 4 of his colleagues namely; Hon. Eton Effiong Okon, Hon. Bassey Duke, Hon. Nkoyo Obo, Hon Okokon Effiom, under the false pretense of carrying out an executive order, thereby amounting to gross abuse of office, a height of criminality and fraud.

“4. That Hon. Godswill Iya is incompetent in legislative matters and lack the requisite capacity to lead the revered Odukpani Legislative Council.

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“5. That Hon.Godswil Iya is highly corrupt and used his office as an avenue to amass wealth Gore himself as well as attempting to blackmail the executive arm of the Odukpani Local government council for his own pecuniary interest.”

The motion further reads, “In view of the aforementioned, we hereby declare that we have completely lose the confidence we had reposed on Hon. Godswill Etim Iya as our Leader, and in line with the part 4 section 33 sub-section 2c of the Cross River State Local Government Laetitia, hereby declare Hon. Godswill Iya remove and cease to act as the leader of Odukpani legislative council with immediate effect.

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“Hon Godswill Iya by this declaration and order shall handover all official properties of Odukpani Local Government Council including official vehicle to the newly elected legislative leader with immediate effect.”

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