The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal and 14 other lawmakers supporting him on Wednesday presented a petition to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, requesting the House to investigate the crisis rocking the assembly.
It could be recalled that on Tuesday, a group of five other lawmakers purportedly impeached Hon. Lawal and other principal officers of the House and in their place installed Hon. Umar Umar as the new Speaker while four others also announced themselves as the principal officers of the State House of Assembly.
But the Hon. Lawal group stormed Abuja and presented their petition dated Wednesday, February 17, 2016 and titled “Act of impunity by Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello and five members of Kogi state House of Assembly: Call for investigation on the illegal act of five members of the Kogi state House of assembly led by Honourable Umar Imam in the unlawful announcement of the purported impeachment and removal if principal officers of the Kogi state House of Assembly on 16th February 2016”.
In the petition, 10 lawmakers alleged that their signatures were forged to carry out the purported impeachment exercise on Tuesday under the protection of Governor Yahaya Bello.
“We wish to place on record that there was no plenary sitting at the Assembly as envisaged under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, and the House Standing Rules. The Honourable Imam-led group illegally announced the removal and purported impeachment of Honourable Lawal as Speaker.’’