By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The new Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Mathew Kolawole has solicited for the support of the people his constituency, saying if he fails in his new assignments they have failed.
He also called for total support of the present administration for over all development of Kabba/Bunu constituency.
Kolawole who made this called while speaking during the courtesy call to the Palace of the Chairman of Okun Traditional Council and the Obadofin of Oweland ,Oba Micheal Yusuf to seek the royal blessings, prayers and support for the tasks ahead at Kabba,the headquarters of Kabba/Bunu Local government area of Kogi State.
The Speaker explained that he was at home where it all began, particularly the palace where he got the blessings when he started his journey to the State House of Assembly.
“In the past eight years I have been struggling to contest for the House of Assembly seat, but. I was advised to step down and be patience, which I did.
“Three years ago I came up to inform people of Kabba/Bunu that I want to contest for the House of Assembly seat and the entire people rallied round me and voted massively for me.The late Obaro of Kabba ,Oba Micheal Olabayo gave a royal blessing for my aspirations, used my matter to unite the people of Kabba. There was massive support for me,he stated.
Kolawole who went down the memory lane, stated that he was elected into the State House on the Platform of Ppeoples Democratic Party (PDP) and, “I became the majority leader of the House the and after a protracted crisis, I retained my position.
“About six months ago I came here to inform me about my intention to join the ruling party in the State the All Progressive Congress (APC).I joined APC because I can not be in opposition to know what is going on in the government. After this event I still retained my position as Majority Leader.
“I am here today to inform you that just yesterday the former speaker resigned and I was elected to be the new speaker .I came here to seek your royal blessing, for your prayers to see the favour of my colleagues and see the favour of the governor,” He added.
The Speaker told the gathering that this position is for them, stressing that if he fails, the people have failed therefore they should bury the hatchet as he may not have elected to be speaker.
He also solicited for more support for Governor Yahaya Bello led administration, urging them that there is no good road network in his constituency and it is by supporting the government that the area will be developed.
The monarch, Oba Micheal Yusuf congratulated Kolawole, stated that the entire people of Kabba /Bunu constituency are solidly behind him.
Oba Yusuf noted that the people of Kabba/Bunu have never had it so good like this, being the speaker, the number three position in the state.
Until last Thusday, Honourable Mathew Kolawole was the Majority Leader of Kogi State House of Assembly, the position he retained even after defection from PDP to APC few months ago.