From Ahmad Ibrahim
The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah has sworn in Chief Edward Onoja as the new Deputy Governor of the state, following the impeachment of the former Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba by the state House of Assembly.
Achuba was controversially removed from office last Friday after the House received the reports from the panel set up by the state chief judge to investigate him.
Our reporter gathered that as early as 7 .00 am on Monday, members of the state House of Assembly screened Onoja where they were said to have unanimously asked him to take a bow and go, paving the way for him as emerge as new deputy governor.
Onoja was said to have immediately after the screening, proceeded to Government House where he was subsequently sworn in by the state chief judge, Chief Judge.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Yahaya Bello who was visibly happy, said it was fate and destiny that was playing out for him and Onoja who he often referred to as his Siamese twins, to be the number one and number two citizens in the state.
He noted that when Onoja was his chief of staff they worked together harmoniously as brothers, and now that he has become his deputy relationship would blossom more, as they would both deliver more gains of democracy to the people.
While thanking the members of the state assembly for their timely screening and clearance, Bello also thanked the chief judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah for performing his constitutional role of swearing in the new deputy governor.
In his response, the new deputy governor, Chief Edward Onoja thanked the governor for being a destiny helper to him, even as he equally thanked the impeached deputy governor for hasting his destiny and expressed his commitment to continue to serve the state with all his strength and intellect.