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House Of Reps May Take Over Kogi Assembly

PIC.34. MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT A SPECIAL SITTING TO MARK END OF THE 2ND YEAROF THE 7TH ASSEMBLY IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (6/6/13).
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The Federal House of Representatives may possibly take over the Kogi State House of Assembly, as a result of the wranglings and controversy between the members.

The state’s assembly was thrown into crisis on Monday after five of the 20 lawmakers of the House announced the impeachment of the Speaker, Momoh Jimoh-Lawal.

The five lawmakers also sacked the Deputy Speaker Alih Ajuh, and the Majority Leader, Kolawole Matthew.

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Dissatisfied with his impeachment, Jimoh-Lawal and 14 of his colleagues protested the illegality of the process that led to his removal- by filing a petition at the House of Representatives in Abuja.

The petition was submitted to the Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who is expected to present it to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

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While the petition will be formally presented before the House next week Tuesday, federal lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party caucuses have began discussions on how to prevent a possible breach of peace in Kogi State.

The caucuses, when an agreement is reached, might invoke constitutional provisions for the National Assembly to take over the state assembly.

The Assembly complex was on Thursday shut down by armed policemen and soldiers.


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