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Kogi Assembly Speaker Escapes Impeachment


By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja

The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Umar Immam Ahmed may have escaped yet another impeachment saga, this followed the members of the  State House of Assembly have passed a vote of confidence on him.

The motion was moved by a member representing Mopa Muro, Honourable Obaro Pedro and seconded by Honourable Linus Ojochenemi representing Olamaboro both of APC.

This occurred admist wide speculations that some members in the chamber are plottingto  impeach him for his failure to align with some of the policies of the Governor.

Passing a vote of confidence on the speaker,  Honourable Abayomi Obaro Pedro member representing Mopamuro Constituency said the current leadership has helped to sustain the legislature as an indivisible entity.

Obaro explained that, ” Actions leading up to reconciliation and genuine desire for peaceful Assembly as well as the conduct of the House will continue to be the essential reasons for me to appreciate leadership, and accordingly make a statement showing continuing support and approval for that individual that provides a rallying point and leadership.”

Bello Hassan  (APC Ajaokuta 1) allegedly accused of spare heading the impeachment stood before all his colleagues in the house to  debunk the allegation.

“I was  far away in London when I saw on the social media that I am championing the impeachment process.

“I Bello Hassan  member representing the good and bad people of Ajaokuta State Constituency, knows nothing about such plans.  This is completely the hand work of the enemies of Kogi State,” Abdullahi explained to his colleagues with pains.

The Majority Leader,Mathew Kolawole (APC Kabba Bunu) who was alleged to be part of the plot, also noted that he saw in a platform ‘Chat with the Speaker’ of his involvement to unseat the number three citizen of the state.

“I decided to take it personal because the speaker should have called me to verify if it was true. Where was the meeting held, that I Honourable Kolawole wants to become speaker?.

“My advice to you Mr speaker is that, you should not be carried away by all this encomiums, just keep on with your good work and we are here beside you,” He added.

But the immediate past speaker of the house Momoh Jimoh Lawal ( PDP Okene II) while stressing on the need for members to stand on integrity and support the current leadership, observed that, the emergence of another crisis in the assembly with throw kogi state into confusion.

Other lawmakers who added their voice to support the leadership of the house are Friday Ali, Victor Omofaye, Sunday Shigaba, Kekere Abdulkareem,  Aliyu Akuh, John Abah, Oluwatoyin Lawal, Hassan Abdullahi, Zakari Osewu Mohammed, Ndako Idris, Musa Jimoh Omiata and Eneche Ojochenemi.

The Speaker Ahmed Umar Imam while appreciating his colleagues for the confidence repose in him described legislation as the fulcrum of democracy urging members to put in their best for the development of Kogi State.

“I am not afraid to be removed. When you think am not performing well,  just approach me and I will tender my resignation letter.”


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