Kogi As­sem­bly speaker re­signs, Imam takes charge

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

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.

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