Ko­la­wole re­places Imam as Kogi speaker

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Anew lead­er­ship emerged yes­ter­day at the Kogi State House of As­sem­bly fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of the erst­while speaker, Umar Ahmed Imam, who said he has to leave to avoid plung­ing the state into an­other round of cri­sis.

In his place, the for­mer Ma­jor­ity Leader of the house, Mr Matthew Ko­la­wole rep­re­sent­ing Kabba/ Bunu State Con­stituency, was elected.

The mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ijumu State Con­stituency, Vic­tor Omo­faye, was also elected as chief whip while the mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ajaokuta State Con­stituency, Bello Has­san Ab­dul­lahi Ba­lo­gun, who was hith­erto the chief whip, was elected ma­jor­ity leader.

Imam’s res­ig­na­tion came less than 24 hours af­ter an at­tack on mem­bers of the as­sem­bly by sus­pected thugs.

Sources said be­sides the at­tack on the leg­is­la­tors, Imam had to va­cate his seat be­cause of al­leged “mount­ing plots by some ex­ter­nal forces to have him im­peached.”

The Kogi as­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day announced in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion of ple­nary but the order was lifted 24 hours later, a de­vel­op­ment that saw Imam’s res­ig­na­tion and his sub­se­quent re­place­ment.

Imam, in his res­ig­na­tion let­ter read on the floor of the House, yes­ter­day, thanked his col­leagues in the leg­is­la­ture and his con­stituents for the sup­port he en­joyed from them in the last one year.

He, how­ever, con­demned Tues­day’s at­tack on the state as­sem­bly by thugs and called on se­cu­rity agen­cies in the state to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to book.

He said: “Within one year, I have uni­fied the house, pro­vided con­ducive at­mos­phere for leg­isla­tive ac­tiv­i­ties and won the hearts and minds of my col­leagues.

“What tran­spired last Tues­day dur­ing ple­nary sit­ting, thugs des­e­crat­ing the sanc­tity of this hal­lowed cham­ber, was un­demo­cratic, a con­demnable act of hooli­gan­ism and a crim­i­nal act; an at­tempted mur­der.

“This House should never have to ex­pe­ri­ence a re­peat of such bar­baric acts. I still hope that the per­pe­tra­tors will be brought to book.”

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the House was in a pen­sive mood as the change in lead­er­ship was be­ing ef­fected.

Many mem­bers in their var­i­ous con­tri­bu­tions ex­tolled the lead­er­ship prow­ess of the for­mer speaker and urged the new lead­er­ship of the House to carry every­body along.

Mean­while, the house has ad­journed sit­ting to Au­gust 15.

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