Update: Kogi House of Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Principal Officers. I’m Still in Charge, Says Speaker
The impeached Speaker, Abdullahi Bello had been in the eye of the storm as various unsuccessful attempts were made to remove him.
17 out of 25 members of the Kogi State House of Assembly have purportedly signed and impeached the Speaker and some other principal officers, but a close source said the signature of 13 members of the 17 who signed the impeachment were forged.
Observers the development may have been influenced by the executive arm of government already accused in some quarters of bribing some lawmakers with N15 million each to impeach Bello and other principal officers of the House.
Bello was on a war path with Governor, Idris Wada when both of them were sworn in as the acting governors in Kogi State in January, following the judgment of the Supreme Court which ended the tenure of the five governors.
In a reaction to the said impeachment, the impeached speaker of the Kogi state house of assembly Right Honourable Abdulahi Bello had said there is no cause for alarm as he remains the legal and constitutionally recognised speaker of the Kogi state house of assembly.
The speaker while speaking to reporters a short while ago said the purported impeachment against him and his colleagues cannot stand the test of time because it was an aberration to the constitution of Nigeria.
The embattled speaker said the leadership of the House is intact and will seat at the House of Assembly complex on Thursday when the law makers are scheduled to resume from their recess.
The affected are:
1.Speaker- Rt. Hon. Abdullahi Bello
2.Deputy Speaker- Hon Emmanuel Omebije.
3.Majority Leader- Hon Yakubu Yunusa
4.Chief Whip- Hon Saidu Akawu Salihu
5.Minority Leader- Hon Adeyemi Abidemi A.
The new leadership of the House are as follows:
1.Speaker- Hon. Lawal Jimoh
2.Deputy Speaker- Hon Atule Christopher Okoche
3.Majority Leader- Hon. Aliyu Akuh
4.Chief Whip- Hon Suleiman Babadoko
5.Minority Leader- Hon Sunday Raishiwe Shigaba.
The new leadership of the House resolved that their sittings shall be on a daily basis in order to pass motions and enact laws that will enable good governance of the State until all pending bills, other constitutional duties and mandatory sitting days.
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