Kogi CJ swears in Onoja as Deputy Governor

Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja and agency report

Edward Onoja

Mr David Onoja has been sworn in as new Deputy Governor of Kogi state, central Nigeria.

His emergence follows the controversial removal of the state deputy governor Mr Simon Achuba by the state assembly last Friday.

The new Deputy Governor was screened and sworn in this Monday amid protest by embattled deputy governor Mr Simon Achuba who is threatening legal action.

The State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah administered Oath of Office on Onoja on Monday at Government House, Lokoja.

The state House of Assembly had earlier screened and approved Onoja as worthy and capable of the position following his nomination by Bello.

Speaking at the ceremony, Bello said that his joy knew no bounds because history was in the making.

He said the moment was not that of celebration but rejoicing.

“We will rejoice. We are being called to do more.

“We are simply pencils in the hands of God almighty to turn around the fortunes of Kogi State. It is work in progress. We have a lot ahead of us,” he said.

Kogi State Governor Mr Yahaya Bello insists that the selection of the new deputy governor followed due process but the emergence of Mr Onoja has sparked mix reactions across the state.

Bello said that all that happened before ceremony were in the interest of the state.

“In order to avoid Constitutional crisis, all that happened needed to happen. That is the summary,” he said.

Onoja said he wholeheartedly accepted the offer to serve as the new deputy governor because it is a divine calling.

The state House of Assembly had on Friday impeached the former Deputy, Elder Simon Achuba from office following a report of Judicial Panel of Inquiry constituted by the Chief Judge to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against him.