Kogi Assembly speaker resigns, Imam takes charge
The embattled speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Momoh Jimoh Lawal, has resigned from office after months of leadership tussle that bedeviled the state legislature.
Daily Trust reports that a group of five lawmakers had in February purportedly ousted Lawal from office and installed Umar Ahmed Imam as the speaker, a situation that led to rounds of leadership crises.
Imam, representing Lokoja I constituency, carried the day, yesterday after he was unanimously elected to run the affairs of the assembly.
Deputy speaker, Ali Akuh, who read Lawan’s resignation letter on the floor of the House, noted that the decision taken by the embattled speaker was in the interest of the state.
“We are all aware of the needless pains, the leadership crisis that engulfed this noble assembly in the past few months caused our constituents and retarded the development our beloved state, Kogi,” Momoh Lawan said in the letter.
“I would have preferred to continue with the struggle for the entrenchment of democratic values, but the interest of Kogi State must always come before any personal considerations.