OrderPaperToday- A high- powered ten- man delegation has been constituted by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to ascertain the unconstitutional removal of Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker and report back within one week.
This move is sequel to a motion sponsored by Sunday Karimi (Kogi State, PDP) under motion of urgent national importance at the plenary session.
Raising the motion, Karimi called on the House to look into the case as the act by the five members of the Kogi House Assembly was unconstitutional.
Contributions from members on the floor indicated total condemnation by the House.
According to the House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, “it’s with a very heavy heart that as a leader of this House, I condemn this impeachment… I stand here unequivocal to state that the House will not tolerate this impunity it has condemned”.
Moyeed Alabi (Osun State, APC) in his part said no Speaker should be removed without a two third majority member of the House as stated in the constitution.
He said what is happening in Kogi State is not only illegal but unconstitutional stressing that the National Assembly should send a signal that it will not allow such.
The ten man delegation to be led by Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Pally Iriase are: Nnenna Ukeje, Edwin Pwajok, Sunday Karimi, Bassey Ewa, Obinna Chidioka, Zakari Mohammed, Haliru Jika, Dasuki Abdulsamad and Jimoh Olajide.
It would be recalled that on 16th February, 2016, five out of twenty members of the Kogi State Assembly had impeached the Speaker following an alleged plan by Governor of the State, Yahaya Bello to enable him put his loyalist.