Report reaching us now says the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Momoh Jimoh Lawal has been impeached, by five members of the Kogi State House of Assembly on Tuesday morning. Impeached along side with him were the Majority Leader, Kolawole Matthew and the Deputy Speaker, Alih Ajuh. Umar Imam was chosen as the new Speaker.
Mr. Friday Sanni (the new majority leader) who confirmed the incident to journalists said the Speaker was impeached because he has been running the House like a sole proprietor and not carrying other members of the House along in the affairs of the House.
Sanni also said that since the new Governor, Yahaya Bello and the Speaker are both from the same senatorial district, the Speaker should vacate the seat.
15 members of the House who were seen at Hon. Jimoh’s residence insisted that Hon. Jimoh remains the Speaker of the House and that their signature was forged to perfect the impeachment.
Speaking on the impeachment, Hon. Lawal said the development is a ‘Kangaroo’ arrangement that can not pass under a sane atmosphere.
It can be re-called that in December 2015, Lawal was also impeached by 17 out of the 25 members of the Kogi state House of Assembly along side deputy speaker Aliyu Akuh (Omala Constituency) and minority leader, Hassan Bello (Ajaokuta Constituency).
The governor, Yahaya Bello had earlier on Monday ordered all Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Administration and Finance, DAFs and Directors of Local Governments in the 21 council areas in the state to go on a compulsory 30-day retirement leave with effect from Tuesday, February 16. According to the statement signed by the the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, the decision is geared towards ensuring a more efficient and productive civil service.