Council now operates in exile
by crossriverwatch admin
The Leader of the Boki Local Government Legislative Council, Honourable Isaac Obi Kekung has been impeached.
Kekung lost his exalted seat Wednesday, October 24 after the house voted unanimously to relieve him of his office.
crossriverwatch gathered that trouble started for the former leader when he began to carry himself in a manner one of our sources said, “smacked of arrogance towards his other colleagues.”
Even before his impeachment, we gathered the leader had distanced himself from his colleagues, and was said to be “operating as if he was an island.”
On that fateful day, Honourable Isaac Obi Kekung,(PDP), representing Abo Ward, appeared for his routine duties as if all was well. After the initial formalities at the temporary legislative chambers in Ogep Osokom, the session began.
Members were startled when Honourable Peter Obi Bekom, PDP, representing Boje Ward moved for the impeachment of the leader of the legislature.
Kekung was accused of the following:
*.Gross incompetence in the discharge of his duties;
*Threat to the life of a councilor to whom he boasted that he would send assassins after;
*Financial misappropriation by drawing double salary in the month of June 2012, causing a near confiscation of the legislative vote by the executive;
*Refusal to attend sittings in the past 8 weeks and refusal to perform his oversight functions while pursuing his personal interests; and
*Misleading and defrauding the legislature by laying false claims to N60,000 (Sixty Thousand Naira) for two months (N120,000) being 30% of the legislative vote.
The above offences, Honourable Bekom avered were enough to see Kekung out of office. Bekom’s motion was seconded by Honourable Francis Ali Bisong,(Prof) PDP, resenting Ekpashi Ward.
All the nine members unanimously voted for the leader’s impeachment. Our source said there were 10 councilors at the sitting with Hon Kekung presiding. Nine voted for his impeachment.
Soon after his impeachment, he was said to have walked out on members without recourse to standard practice and this might have led to his suspension from the house.
Kekung has since been succeeded by the Honourable Boniface Obi Ochabe,PDP, representing Beebo Ward.
Meanwhile, the Boki Local Government Council operates from different locations as the council headquarters in Boje has been cut off from the rest of the state by the collapse of the River Nwup bridge. The bridge which serves as the only link between Boje and the rest of the local government area was swept off by the river during a recent surge.
“For the past three months or so, the executive chairman has been operating from Anjane Hotel in Okundi, a facility owned by the chairman,” our source said. “The entire hotel now serves as the secretariat of Boki council. The legislative chamber is now in a temporary location in Ogep.
Most of the main secretariat now lies idle as the state government has not responded to appeals by the people of Boje and Boki in general for a new bridge over the Nwup River.
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