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Kogi Assembly Speaker, Ahmed Imam, forced to resign?

*Matthew Kolawole takes over as anointed Speaker

*Yahaya Bello is “coronated” Kogi governor – Dino Melaye

Ahmed Imam, member representing Lokoja 1 constituency in the Kogi state House of Assembly has officially resigned as the Speaker of the House of Assembly. He was reputed to have been forced to resign. Hon. Matthew Kolawole has now taken charge as the new Speaker.

His ‘resignation’ was announced by the Deputy Speaker, Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa member representing Okura constituency who presided over the House sitting on Thursday.

At the day’s plenary, there was heavy presence of armed security men comprising the Nigeria Police, Civil Defence who conducted a stop and search before observers could gain access to the Assembly complex to feel their eyes on the day’s business.

Meanwhile, the member representing Kabba Bunnu constituency, Kolawole has been elected the new speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Kolawole’s election came following his nomination by the member representing Ankpa 1, Ahmed Mohammed, which was seconded by the member representing Okehi constituency, Abdulkareem Kekere.

In his acceptance speech, Mathew Kolawole, promised to carry all aggrieved members along by delivering good legislation and people-driven government.

The new Speaker was formerly the House Majority Leader and a staunch supporter of Governor Yahaya Bello.

Also in the new shake-up in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Bello Hassan Balogun APC Ajaokuta is now the new Majority Leader while Victor Omofaye -APC Ijumu was elected Chief Whip.

His decision to resign his position as Speaker followed the call for an emergency sitting owing to the attack on the House by suspected thugs numbering about 100.

The Speaker on Tuesday evening had earlier issued a statement through the clerk of the House Mr Tseja, Sheidu, that “the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam, by the powers conferred on him under Rule 4(2) of the Standing Rules of the House, has directed that the Sitting of the House earlier disrupted today, Tuesday, the 1st day of August 2017 be now adjourned sine die pending improvement in situation in the House.

“A date will be announced for the House to reconvene. Any inconveniences caused by this announcement is highly regretted please. Thank you.”

However, it was gathered from a source that about eight signatures have been collated to impeach the Speaker if he fails to resign, while others who refused were under serious threat to align with the latest development.

In a reaction, lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye, has described the State Governor, Yahaya Bello as a “coronated governor” and not an elected one.

Melaye said since his “coronation” Bello has brought such “calamitous exhibition of wickedness” on the state.

The lawmaker, who took to his twitter handle, on Wednesday wrote: “Yahaya Bello is not an elected governor, he was coronated hence his outrageously calamitous exhibition of wickedness.”

The Senator made the claim while sharing a photograph of a lawmaker from the State House of Assembly who was recently attacked by some thugs when they invaded the Assembly complex.

The thugs alleged to be loyalists of the governor invaded the Assembly complex, while chasing out lawmakers.

The aim of the attack, it was learnt was to halt the planned removal of the Majority Leader of the House, Matthew Kolawole, who is said to be a staunch supporter of the state governor. Kolawole emerged as Speaker in the palace coup de’tat that removed the former Speaker.

 

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