TWO FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNORS TANGO OVER REMUNERATION

Two former Deputy Governors of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, and Pastor Ifeanyi Nwoye, are now at loggerheads over who is legitimately entitled to rumeneration due to a Deputy Governor of the state.

Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi was first appointed Deputy Governor by former Governor Sullivan Chime, but somewhere along the line, Onyebuchi was impeached by the State House of Assembly, and Chime appointed Pastor Nwoye to replace him.

Sunday Onyebuchi, however, went to court to challenge the action of the State House of Assembly, and in 2014, an Enugu State High Court nullified his impeachment.

Pastor Nwoye also filed an appeal at the Federal Appeal Court, which on November 4, 2020, reinstated him as Deputy Governor.

In a release made available to newsmen, Nwoye said that based on the Appeal Court judgment of November 4, 2020, which reinstated him as the Deputy Governor over an earlier judgment of the Enugu State High Court of 2014 that nullified Onyebuchi’s impeachment, he was entitled to all remunerations due to a former Deputy Governor over his predecessor, Sunday Onyebuchi.

According to the release, “following the Court of Appeal judgment on November 4, 2020, presided over by three man justices led by Justice Joseph Oluwabunmi K. Kayode JCA which delivered in favour of Pastor Ifeanyi Nwoye, as the rightful former deputy governor of Enugu State under His Excellency, Sullivan Chime administration.

”The Court in her judgment set aside the judgment of the Enugu State High Court in Suit No. E/373/2014 which installed His Excellency Sunday Onyebuchi as the Deputy Governor of Enugu State within the said administration.

“The Court therefore ruled that the status of Pastor Ifeanyi Nwoye as a former Deputy Governor of Enugu State remains intact as he is entitled to all remuneration that is due to him as former Deputy Governor.”

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