Rowdy Session In Kogi Assembly As Deputy Speaker 'Walks Out'
The Deputy Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Hassan Abdullahi (APC Dekina/Okura) staged a walkout following his disagreement with the Speaker, Prince Mathew Kolawole at the House’s plenary on Tuesday.
The two principal officers were forced to argue before other members on whether or not, the House should form a committee to further debate four bills which had passed through committees.
The aggrieved deputy speaker, who believed the four bills for debate should be stepped down for another legislative day as earlier moved by Haruna Idoko (APC Idah), accused the Speaker, Mathew Kolawole of being autocratic.
To further buttress his position while the reports should be stepped down, Abdullahi insisted that the House did not form a quorum to look into the various bills.
During this period, the House went into a rowdy session disrupting plenary.
Not satisfied with the comment of his deputy, the speaker immediately countered his position, urging him to withdraw his statement that he was leading the House in an autocratic manner.
After the Deputy Speaker withdrew his earlier comment, the Speaker also directed him to look at the House’s standing rules which later forced him to stage a walkout.
Kolawole, who overruled his deputy, explained that the report should be considered, adding that the bill has been placed on notice for several weeks.
On whether the House formed a quorum, Kolawole responded by saying “17 members in this house forms a quorum. Simply because some members left sitting now does not mean they are not present for the day's sitting.”
The speaker maintained that, under his leadership, he will continue to adhere to the rules and continue to carry every member along for the development of the hallowed chamber.
It will be recalled that few weeks ago, Kogi state house of assembly plenary was disrupted due to the drunkenness of one of the members.
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