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Reps Raise 10-Man C’ttee On Kogi Assembly Crisis


House of Representatives has commenced an intervention process into the lingering crisis in the Kogi state House of Representatives, raising a 10-man team to investigate the cause of the discourse that saw the removal of the Speaker, Momoh Jimoh.
However, 15 members of the House stormed the National Assembly yesterday, alleging that the Kogi state Governor, Yaya Bello, was deeply involved in the crisis rocking the House.

Following a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance by Hon. Karimi Sunday which was adopted by the House of Representatives, the panel mandated to investigate the matter is headed by the Deputy Whip, Hon. Pally Iriase, as it is expected to report back to the house within one week.
Karimi had lamented that what happened in the Kogi state House of Assembly was an illegality.
He said: “Section 92(2)(c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 stipulates that the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of to the State Assembly shall vacate office if he is removed from office by a resolution of the House of Assembly by the votes of not less than so-thirds majority of the members.

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“In Kogi state, there are a total number of 25 members of the State House of Assembly, but five of them had their elections nullified at the court of Appeal and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to conduct a fresh election in the state constituencies.”
“Accordingly, only 20 members  are currently validly elected in the House of Assembly and two-third of 20 is at least13 members,” the lawmaker said, adding that the current Governor of the state, Yahaya Bello was alleged by the remaining 15 members to have earlier threatened them to remove the Speaker.
Meanwhile, members of the House of Assembly stormed the National Assembly yesterday initiated that they had every cause to believe that the governor played a key role in the removal of the speaker.

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