by crossriverwatch admin
The legislative arm of the National Association of Cross River State Students’ World Wide (NACRISS-WW) has held an extraordinary plenary session at the University of Calabar Old Senate Chambers where the parliamentarians deliberated upon the current issues bedeviling the union and impeding the progress of the association.
Upon scrutinizing the financial report brought before the fact finding committee as well as the committee on finance and appropriation, the senators resolved and impeached the erstwhile Senate President, Sen. Obono Francis Onun for alleged financial embezzlement, misappropriation and for the violation of section (32) of the association’s constitution.
The motion for his impeachment was moved by Sen. Emmanuel Omang and seconded by Sen. Dominic Effiong. However, the house confirmed the appointment of the former acting Senate President, Sen. Okanga Ogbu who had once engaged in a free for all fight with Francis Onun as the substantive Senate President.
When CrossRiverWatch sought to hear from the impeached senate president about the issues that led to his removal, he denied the allegations against him and maintained that “I’m still the Senate President. If any person has been impeached, I’m not, whatever you heard are mere rumors”.
In the same vein, the senate also impeached the Vice President of the association Senate, Comrade Juliet Manyo for allegedly participating in what the fact finding committee tagged “illegal demonstration calling for the removal of the Personal Adviser on Students’ Affairs to the Governor, Mr. Hilary Bisong and for parading herself as the acting president, thereby usurping the powers of the president”.
The impeachment letter made available to our correspondent reads in parts: “without prejudice to the constitution; following the discrepancy, gross misconduct as reported by the house committee on fact finding on the Vice President for violating section 53(2), article A, B, C, D, E, F and H, that the irrelevant demonstration was not approved by the association’s President and Legal Adviser… You are hereby suspended indefinitely”
Another casualty of the committee’s findings is the Secretary General of the association; Comrade Obi Sunday who was found guilty of participating in the protest and was also suspended indefinitely.
In her reaction, Juliet Manyo said: “Those senators are impersonating the recognized principal officers of the Senate. Whatever they are doing is simply not right. They don’t have the locus standi to impeach me. I’m not even bothered about that. They are just a faction of the senate.
“Those senators who claimed to have impeached me are those that are given stipend by Philomena Agweye the suspended President. Even as I speak, I haven’t received any notification of the so-called impeachment”.
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