Lokoja - Mr Godwin Osiyi, the erstwhile
factional speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, has said that the leadership
crisis in the House had been resolved.
Osiyi, who disclosed this in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lokoja, said it took the intervention of
the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to
resolve the impasse.
He said that the Acting National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus,
summoned members of the party in both factions to Abuja and advised them
against allowing the executive arm to influence their choice of who led the
According to him, the chairman "pleaded passionately”
with the two factions to sheath their sword and allow the incumbent speaker,
Momoh-Jimoh Lawal, to continue in office pending the determination of legal
issues surrounding the governorship election.
“For me, no sacrifice is too big for my party. We have
decided to downplay our crisis, come together and resolve to support the
leadership, hoping that the leadership has learnt from its mistakes.
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“So, we have asked Momoh-Jimoh to continue with the hope
that he will be responsive to the plight of the people and welfare of
"I decided to let it go, no sacrifice is too big for my
party, Kogi State and Nigeria,"he said
Osiyi said PDP members in the House, though now in the
opposition, had resolved to support the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to
succeed in the onerous task of steering the statecraft.
“There is enormous job on the executive governor of the
state, we will support him in whatever way we can to succeed,"he said.
Buttressing the position of Osiyi, Momoh-Jimoh Lawal
commended members of the House for the maturity exhibited with the amicable
resolution of the leadership tussles which polarised the House in the last
Lawal also reiterated the resolve of the House to work closely
with Gov. Yahaya Bello to pilot the state towards attaining high level
socio-economic and political advancement.
NAN recalls that 17 out of the 25 members of the assembly on
Thursday December 10 moved to impeach the speaker Lawal through a motion by Ukubile
Ochijenu-Acharu (PDP-Idah) and seconded by Zakari Osewu Mohammed.