THE Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Pally Iriase, has berated the group of five Kogi State House Assembly members who purportedly impeached the speaker for shunning his reconciliatory committee.
The state House of Assembly has been engrossed in lingering crises, which snowballed into the impeachment of the Speaker, Momoh Jimoh Lawal, by five members in a 20-member House. However, 15 members loyal to the impeached speaker approached the House of Representatives to wade in and ensure sanity was restored.
Iriase, who led the House of Representatives 10-man Committee on fact-finding mission after meeting with the group of 16 members, told reporters that the five members refused to present themselves for the harmless exercise.
He said it was unfortunate that they shunned the committee but went on air to say they were in court.
He said being a democratic setting that had started before they went to court, their action does not speak well of them.
“More so, we are taking our leverage from the Constitution which empowers us to do what we are doing right now. So, it is unfortunate for them not to avail themselves of this harmless mission to gather information.
“Even in their absence we have gotten enough documentary and oral evidence that will enable us know what is going on.”
On whether their findings would not be deemed to be one sided since the group of five failed to turn up, he said there was no need to jump the gun saying that the impute of the governor, the commissioner of police and the Department of State Services (DSS) would also be useful.
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