The Governor of the Odessa region called Poroshenko’s decree illegal and accused him of abuse of power.
Removed from office by presidential decree of Petro Poroshenko, the Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov refused to leave his post. About this, the Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Maxim Stepanov said today at a briefing.
Stepanov noted that yesterday there appeared information in the media that he allegedly wrote a letter of resignation.
“The Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration is in front of you. He did not write any statements,” he said.
According to him, “it would be very strange and dishonest” in front of the residents of the Odessa region to take such a step.
Stepanov reminded that today, April 7, a presidential decree was signed to remove him from his post: “A very strange document, which, in my opinion, and conviction of lawyers, even a student who studies to be a lawyer, has nothing to do with the legislation of Ukraine.”
“He (Petro Poroshenko – ed.) Went beyond the powers of the president recorded in the Constitution,” said Stepanov, adding that the president has the right to appoint and dismiss the heads of the Regional State Administrations after the proposal of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Answering the question about the subject of his conversation with Poroshenko last Friday, April 5, during his visit to the region, Stepanov said: “There was a proposal to write a statement. I refused the offer because I do not have my own desire to write a statement. ”
Speaking of what the president’s reaction could be to his refusal, Stepanov said: “I don’t know what Petro Poroshenko’s thoughts are (…) But I want to emphasize that I am a very strong person and can withstand any pressure.”
When asked whether there could be an attempt to dismiss him with the fact that he is friends with the former Governor Ihor Palitsa, Ihor Kolomoisky’s business partner, Stepanov said: “I have always stressed that Ihor Palitsa is my very good friends and we have been friends for 15 years. I have never made a secret of it. ”
Earlier we wrote that Mustafa Nayem, Svetlana Zalischuk, and Sergey Leshchenko had applied for withdrawal from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction. People’s Deputies began to leave the sinking ship, realizing that Poroshenko most likely will lose the second round of elections.
Now the President must confront the mutiny of the Governor of the Odessa region, whom Poroshenko himself appointed to the post. If this goes on, the upcoming debate will not help the current President.