Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-In the last few days, Nigeria has witnessed scores of cross carpeting among federal and state lawmakers, and this was followed by the defection of Benue State Governor Samuel Orthom, who accused the ruling All progressives Congress, his former party, of looking the other way while Fulani herdsmen turned Benue state into a killing field.
While the dusts raised by the defections were yet to settle, politicians, who are realigning in order to enhance their political fortunes in 2019 have upgraded their schemes to impeachments of those considered a threat to their objectives.
In Imo State, the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere was Impeached by the State House of Assembly on Monday by 19 lawmakers out of 27 over allegations of gross misconduct. He is the second Deputy Governor to be impeached in Imo State in the administration of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
In a related development, the axe of impeachment had also fallen on the Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Atta and two principal officers over bribery allegation on the resumption of the lawmakers from recess on Monday.
While the lawmakers in Imo and Kano were busy executing their impeachment plots against the deputy governor and speaker respectively, eight out of 30 lawmakers in Benue State attempted on Monday to impeach Governor Samuel Orthom, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party few days ago.

Reports have it that the eight anti-Orthom lawmakers belonged to his former party, the All Progressives Congress, and that they were aided by the police to gain access into the state assembly while the 22 loyal to Governor Orthom were not allowed access.