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Twist In Kogi Assembly Controversy, As Appeal Court Sacks Three Lawmakers

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Momoh Jimoh Lawal,

Momoh Jimoh Lawal

The embattled Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Mr. Momoh Jimoh Lawal, heaved a sigh of relief on Friday when three members of the House, who took part in his inconclusive impeachment lost their seats, following the ruling of the Appeal Court that upheld the judgment that disqualified them at the election tribunal.

The Speaker, his Deputy, Aliyu Aku and Minority Leader, Hassan Bello were allegedly removed by 17 of the 25 members of the House of Assembly.

The members, who eventually lost their appeal, included Moses Idakwo Dekina, who moved the impeachment motion, Abdulmumuni Ibrahim Ankpa.

The election petition tribunal had earlier sacked them for not being validly nominated by their party.
With the Appeal Court ruling, the three members have lost their seats pending the rerun election in the next 90 days.

It would be recalled that Godwin Osiyi, representing Ogori-magongo, was elected as the new Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, John Abah from Ibaji as the new Deputy Speaker and James Eneche, from Olamaboro, was elected as the new minority leader in the botched impeachment attempt.

The members, while addressing the media at the NUJ Press Center, in Lokoja yesterday, said the Speaker was incompetent to lead the 6th Assembly.

However, the Speaker who, addressed the media immediately, described the impeachment as an inconclusive attempt that was stopped by his allies.

“The ill motivated attempt to hijack the leadership of the Kogi State House of Assembly by some few members is unpatriotic and at variance with legislative principles and practices world over,” he said.
According to him, “what they have done is unfounded and cannot hold water because the rules and procedures were not followed.”

Meanwhile one of the lawmakers, Umar Ahmed Imam, has denied his participation in the move to impeach the speaker, as he alleged that his signature was forged.
“I was not part of the plan and I am not signatory to their impeachment.
I align with the leadership, I have confidence in his leadership,” he said.


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