Kogi Assembly Crisis: James Faleke is the architect behind it- Majority Leader, Friday Sani
The House of Representatives on Wednesday assumed control over the Kogi State House of Assembly. The advancement took after the emergency in the Assembly over the impeachment of its Speaker, Mr. Momoh Jimoh-Lawal.
At a whole on Thursday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Sani said the choice of the House of Representatives to assume control over the Assembly was unlawful on the grounds that the house of assebly of the state legislature had approached the Federal High Court, sitting in Lokoja in suit no FHC/LKJ/16/16 to stop the takeover.
Sani said it was clear that Faleke was purportedly attempting to cut down the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.
He said, “It is clear to me that Faleke can’t separate himself from what is going on in the Assembly since he is resolved to cut down the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello at all expense. The choice of the House of Representatives to assume control over the Kogi State Assembly demonstrates that there is a personal stake which postures threat to our majority rules system.
“In 2012, when Bello Abdulahi was impeached as the Speaker of the Assembly and Jimoh Lawal was made the Speaker by seven of 25 individuals from 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 around then yet they didn’t conjure Section 11 (4)of the constitution notwithstanding the appeal put together by Abdulahi Bello.”
In his discourse on the floor of the House on Thursday, the Speaker, Umar Ahmed Imam, approached the National Assembly to note that the Kogi State Assembly was not able to perform its duties.
As per him, the issue concerning the legitimateness of the impeachment of the former Kogi Speaker are to be controlled by the Federal High Court.
He blamed the House for Representatives of defying a request by the Federal High Court seeking so as to limit the National Assembly from impedance the presence of same before it .
The Speaker said that the activity of the House of Representatives, in spite of the court directive, was biased as well as a misuse of court procedure.