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Factional Kogi Speaker re-affirms Lawal’s impeachment




THE factional Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Mr. Godwin Osiyi (PDP-Ogori-Magongo) has re-affirmed the position of 17 members of the House that the embattled Speaker, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Lawal, remains impeached.

Addressing newsmen in Lokoja, Osiyi said that the impeachment carried out on December 10, 2015 during the plenary through the resolution of the 17-member-signatories still stood.

He said that contrary to insinuations from different quarters, the impeachment of Lawal (PDP-Okene II) was not influenced by anyone.

According to him, the impeachment is premised on six grounds arising from general feeling of discontentment among members.

This, he alleged, include gross incompetence and lack of capacity and confidence to preside over the proceedings of the Sixth Assembly, insensitivity to members’ interest and plight and misrepresentation between the Assembly and the Executive for his personal interests and aggrandisement, mismanagement of Assembly funds and other valuable resources and betrayal of trust members reposed on him.

He also listed Lawal’s offence to include high-handedness in the administration of the Assembly “as he operates like a sole administrator.”

In his defence, Lawal said though he was not opposed to the impeachment, it ought to have followed due process.

He declared that the manner in which it was conducted contravened the House Rules and Procedures for impeachment.

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