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Reps intervene in Kogi Assembly crisis

18 October 2012, 09:10

Abuja - The House of Representatives on Wednesday, set up a delegation to resolve the problem in the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The lower legislative chamber has raised a high powered delegation of seven members, led by the Deputy Chief Whip, Rep. Ahmed Mohammed (PDP-Niger), to interface between the executive and legislative arm of government of the state on the issue.

Other members were Reps. Ibrahim El-Sudi (PDP-Taraba); Ali Ahmad (PDP-Kogi); Pally Iriase (ACN-Edo); Jagaba Jagaba (PDP-Kaduna); Sekonte Davies (PDP-Rivers); and Uzoma Abonta (PDP-Abia).

The Deputy Speaker, Rep. Emeka Ihedioha, said the delegation was to find ways of resolving the impasse amicably.

A faction of the divided Kogi State House of Assembly was alleged to have effected an impeachment process against the Speaker, Abdullahi Bello and 11 other principal officers of the house.

The resolution of the House of Representatives followed a motion by Mr Ossai Ossai, (PDP-Delta) which was adopted.

Ossai, expressed concern that the incident was reminiscent of similar situations in Ogun and Oyo States where a minority number would sit down and impeach the leadership of the Assemblies with the support of the state executives.

He argued that the action of the 12 members of the Kogi State House of Assembly, who sat and announced the impeachment of the Speaker and other principal officers, was in clear violation of section 92(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

There are 25 members in the Kogi State House of Assembly.

He said that the said section required a two-third majority of members to carry out the impeachment process.

Osai stated that the House of Representatives intervention was in tandem with provisions of section 11(4) of the Constitution, which provides for the National Assembly to take proactive measures, where and when necessary, to restore order in any troubled state legislature.

The Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha , subsequently announced the membership of the delegation, after the motion was unanimously adopted without further debate.



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