Enugu Chicken Impeachment: Posterity ‘ll judge — Onyebuchi
The impeachment process against the erstwhile deputy governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi popularly famed as Chicken Impeachment came to a climax on Tuesday with Onyebuchi’s removal from office by the 24 member state House of Assembly.
The adaption of the report of a seven man panel has, however, been laced with mixed reactions with Onyebuchi faulting the panel and the House for purportedly setting an agenda before the panel.
Reacting to his impeachment, Onyebuchi said: ”I can say that I am not very surprised by the decision of the panel and I can also say that I am not disappointed. I would have been surprised if they had done anything differently. They had difficulty hiding their bias. Any human being doing anything honest and transparent will naturally be happy to have it witnessed by the public and especially the media.
We have had so many impeachments in the past and I know that no panel had sat in camera because it is not a secret thing. The allegations against me were read on the floor of the House before pressmen and you will now wonder why the panel will choose to sit in camera if they intended to do anything honest and transparent.
After the panel of man, we have a panel where the truth cannot be suppressed. If you read the report, you will know that it took submissions of the government counsel but suppressed my own views to justify the conclusion already reached before the commencement of the sitting.
One thing that I know that has come out of this is that sometimes there is positive records and sometimes negative records. I think I broke a record with this impeachment when I said I am the first office holder to be impeached from office without allegation of financial impropriety. I took time to read the allegations of all those who were impeached even in the last and present administrations and I see that none was done without allegation of financial impropriety. In each of those cases, there must be financial impropriety, so I am making record as the first to be impeached without fraud which leaves my integrity intact.
You see a situation where they saw a video that shows I was in Onitsha and in their report, they said that as shown by the video I was there; but where I sat was unbefitting of a representative of the governor. It is embarrassing and therefore, they were of the conclusion that even though I was there, that I was not there as representative of the governor but in my capacity as Sunday Onyebuchi.
They went further to say that I dissipated energy in trying to prove that there was a poultry in Government House; that they were not set up to investigate Government House and that they are convinced that I operated a poultry farm. One would be surprised to know that ignorance of a law is no excuse because the House of Assembly’s notice said ‘resolution of the House’, and one will be surprised to know that there was no law breached, yet they looked the other way.