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Kogi Speaker impeached again

The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly; Honourable Momohjimoh Lawal has again been impeached by his former supporters as Speaker of the House.
This is the second time the embattled speaker will be impeached in the last two months.
It will be recalled that Momohjimoh Lawal was said to have been impeached last December by 17 members out of the 25 members of the Assembly.
However, he denied being impeached and carried on as the speaker following the intervention of PDP national secretariat.
Today’s impeachment also saw the emergence of Imam Umar as the new speaker.

Also elected were Friday Sank and Lawi Ahmed as majority and deputy majority leader respectively.
The majority leader Friday Sani who addressed journalists at the Assembly complex said other elected leaders are Hon. John Abba as Chief Whip while the position of the Deputy Speaker was left vacant.

Sani, said the impeached speaker has not demonstrated capacity to lead the house.

According to him, “the Assembly cannot be led by anyone as a soul enterprise whereby all house rules are ignored and the house remained closed perpetually.

He said the house has followed due process to remove the speaker, adding that fifteen members signed the impeachment notice, whereas only seven members were required to form quorum to remove the principal officers.

“With the court of Appeal ruling which sacked five of our members, reducing it to 20, only seven members are required to form quorum and we have more than that” he said.

Sani said the house has for some time, remained closed and non-active following the ineptitude of the house leadership, saying that the replacement was necessary for improved productivity, unity and togetherness.

In his acceptance speech, Hon Umar Imam, representing Lokoja 1, constituency in the House of Assembly, promised to work with the executives in moving the state forward.

The new speaker said the opportunity to serve would enable him offer purposeful leadership.

Meanwhile the embattled speaker Momohjimoh Lawal, has said that he still remain the speaker, declaring his impeachment as null and void.

Speaking to journalists in his House at the Assembly quarters he said fifteen out of the 20 members of the house passed a vote of confidence on him this morning.

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