Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Bello Abdulahi
By Shola Oyeyipo
As efforts are intensified among the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bigwigs at ensuring that the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Bello Abdulahi accepts his impeachment and replacement by Hon. Mommoh Jimoh Lawal, the House of Representative on Wednesday gave an enrolled order, officially sealing off the state Assembly.
The order dated Tuesday, October 30, and signed by the Chairman, House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee setup to mediate in the lingering crisis, Hon. Mukhtar Ahmed, which was addressed to the Inspector – General of Police, the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS) and served on all members of the House, directed the Clerk of the Assembly not to recognise any of the factional leaders of the Assembly pending the outcome of the committee’s mediation in the crisis.
The group of 12 lawmakers who purportedly impeached the Speaker have continued to conduct sittings, in fact, suspending two members of the Assembly for decamping to another party.
“It is clear and apparent that two groups of members of the Kogi State House of Assembly are claiming leadership of the said assembly. But pursuant to (11) (1) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), it is the opinion of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee to mediate in the crisis that by reason of the prevailing situation, the Kogi State House of Assembly cannot legitimately perform its duty without the breakdown of law and order,” part of the order read.
Against this background, the committee reiterated its earlier suspension of all activities of the Assembly: “All members should suspend all and any legislative function pending the outcome of the ad hoc committee’s mediation,” stressing that the IG and SSS director have been ordered to ensure compliance.
However, a very authoritative PDP source in the state Thursday hinted THISDAY that frantic efforts were on to ensure that the impeachment carried out by 12 of the 25-members of the Assembly sails through.
According to him, “a top member of the state executive and some other notable members of the ruling PDP were in a resident of a respected leader in the west senatorial district on Wednesday night to compel four legislators from the district to withdraw their support for Bello,” adding that “the lawmakers however resisted and turned down their mouth-watering offer.”