Government & Politics

Lawmaker Blames Faleke For Assembly Crisis


The Majority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly,Friday Sani has blamed former All Progressives Congress(APC) deputy governorship candidate, James Faleke for the crisis rocking the House.

The House of Representatives took over the state House of Assembly on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, following repeated attempts to impeach the Speaker, Momoh Jimoh-Lawal.

Sani made the accusation on Thursday, March 10, at a plenary session held in Lokoja, the state capital, according to Punch.

“It is clear to me that Faleke cannot distance himself from what is happening in the Assembly because he is determined to bring down the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello at all cost,” Sani said.

“The decision of the House of Representatives to take over the Kogi State Assembly shows that there is a vested interest which poses danger to our democracy.

“In 2012, when Bello Abdulahi was impeached as the Speaker of the Assembly and Jimoh Lawal was made the Speaker by seven of 25 members of the House, Faleke, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, were all in the House of Representatives at that time but they did not invoke Section 11 (4)of the constitution in spite of the petition submitted by Abdullahi Bello,” he added.

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Faleke was meant to serve as Governor Yahaya Bello’s deputy but he failed to show up for the inauguration on January 27.

He was chosen as Bello’s running mate after the sudden death of late APC governorship candidate, Prince Audu Abubakar but refused to occupy the position insisting that he should be sworn in as governor instead.


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