Chicken Republic: Enugu deputy governor sacked for operating poultry in Govt House


Sunday OnyebuchiThe Enugu State House of Assembly has sacked the state’s Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, from office.

The removal, announced on Tuesday morning, is believed to have been masterminded by Governor Sullivan Chime.

A probe panel, which was christened a “chicken panel”, had probed Onyebuchi over sundry allegations.

Chief among this was that he allegedly ran a chicken poultry in the Government House.

He was also accused of insubordination by some of those who testified against him before the panel.

Though the allegation could not be sustained under cross-examination, he was accused of not taking orders from the state Governor, Sullivan Chime, especially when it comes to representing him at official functions.

The impeached deputy governor had told the impeachment panel set up by the state’s chief judge that Chime also operated a piggery at the Government House.

Giving evidence before the panel last Wednesday, Mr. Onyebuchi said the governor’s poultry was hurriedly evacuated shortly after the panel commenced sitting.

Mr. Onyebuchi revealed that the state government had budgeted for the maintenance of the poultry since 2011.

The embattled deputy governor, who tendered the state’s budget between 2011 and 2014, said funds had always been provided for the poultry he operated.

He insisted that he did not commit any offence that  should have warranted  his impeachment and that the poultry farms he and the governor operated were there before they assumed office in 2007.