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Kogi Assembly in disarray, 4 principal officers impeached, 3 others suspended

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Kogi House of Assembly on Friday impeached four principal officers and suspended three others for “undue gross misconducts.”

The lawmakers made the impeachment and suspension during an emergency sitting at the assembly complex following the adoption of a motion raised by Assemblyman Enema Paul (APC-Dekina II).

Those impeached by 17 lawmakers that sat at plenary are Ahmed Mohammed; Deputy Speaker; Bello Hassan Abdullahi; Majority Leader, Ndako Idris; Deputy Majority Leader and Edoko Ododo; Deputy Chief Whip.

The motion, among other allegations, accused the four impeached officers of the 25-member house of gross misconduct and called for their immediate impeachment and replacement.

After the impeachment Enema Paul, in his contribution, called for their replacements, arguing that the house could not afford a vacuum.

According to him, they should be replaced pending the outcome of investigations into their alleged misdemeanour.

He said: “We, the undersigned honourable members of the Kogi State House of Assembly do hereby resolve to impeach the following principal officers.”

The lawmakers have also replaced the impeached principal officers with Rabiu Alfa, as Deputy Speaker, Bajeh Mukhtar; Majority Leader; Umar Isa; Deputy Majority Leader and Enema Paul; Deputy Chief Whip.

Earlier ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Matthew Kolawole, put the question whether 17 members actually signed the impeachment and suspension document and they answered in affirmation of their position.

Mr Kolawole then directed the Clerk of the House to call out the new principal officers who were immediately approved.

The legislators also dissolved the standing committees and constituted new ones to upscale performance of their oversight functions in the remaining lifespan of the assembly in the state.

NAN

national tribune newspaper

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