Kogi Speaker May Resign Over Impeachment Plot
There are unconfirmed reports that the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Umar Imam, may resign.
Imam was said to be considering the option to avoid being kicked out during Thursday’s plenary session.
Imam’s decision to resign followed a call for an emergency sitting owing to the attack on the House by suspected thugs.
There was some pandemonium in the State's House of Assembly when hoodlums invaded the house during plenary and beat up a lawmaker, Friday Sani.
The Speaker on Tuesday issued a statement through the clerk of the House, Tseja Sheidu, that “The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam, by the powers conferred on him under Rule 4(2) of the Standing Rules of the House, has directed that the Sitting of the House earlier disrupted today, Tuesday, the 1st day of August 2017 be now adjourned sine die pending improvement in situation in the House.
“A date will be announced for the House to reconvene. Any inconveniences caused by this announcement is highly regretted please."
There was, however, a proclamation on Tuesday evening to counter Imam’s order.
The proclamation by some members of the House said the assembly will be convening for a special sitting on Thursday.
It was alleged that some members loyal to the State's executive collected N5million each to effect the impeachment process while others have penned down their signatures in support.
The House's Majority Leader representing Kabba Bunnu State Constituency, Mathew Kolawole is likely favoured to succeed Imam as Speaker.