Popular Nigerian novelist, Sam Omatseye, revealed that when opponents of former governor Joshua Dariye had plans to impeach him from office, Simon Lalong was threatened with detention from Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) if he didn’t sign the letter for Dariye’s impeachment, but he refused. He stated that Lalong refused to sign the letter, although he was faced with getting detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He alleged that the strategy of Dariye’s opponents was to use fear and intimidation to force Lalong to compliance, but Lalong knew that they failed to gather enough support, as only eight out of the twenty-four members signed the draft which was far from the majority required for impeachment, so Lalong stood his grounds. However, Omatseye strongly believes that it was Lalong’s love for Dariye that made him not to sign the letter.
He said, “They told him that the EFCC wanted to frustrate and leave him alone in detention and coerce him to sign the impeachment draft. They wanted to browbeat him to bow. They did not have the numbers. Out of 24 members, only eight of them signed the document. That was not even up to half of them, and so they did not have the numbers to impeach a governor.”
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