Impeached and Suspended Members Are Black Legs – Kogi House of Assembly
The Kogi State House of Assembly has alleged that the three impeached and suspended members of the House are blacklegs whose stock in trade was to cause discord between the executive and legislative branches of government and among members of the bedroom.
The chamber’s position followed deliberation over the discovery that suspended lawmakers allegedly forged members’ signatures in what the chamber described as evil machinations to impeach the president.
Recall that three legislators, Hon. Ahmed Ahmed former Vice President, Hon. Abdullahi Bello, former Majority Leader and Hon. Moses Ododo, former chief whip, who was impeached and suspended last week, released a statement in which he claimed he had allegedly impeached the president through a notice signed by eighteen members.
Consequently, the House, during its Tuesday plenum, ordered its Ethics and Privileges Committee to open an investigation into the alleged forgery, as members whose signatures were found in the documents denied having ever signed a notice of impeachment against the President, Rt. Hon. Mathieu Kolawole.
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All of the members who spoke out on the matter maintained that they had never signed a notice of impeachment, claiming that the signatures attached to the purported notice of impeachment were signatures signed by members in May this year. endorsing Governor Yahaya Bello’s presidential aspiration.
They accused the former vice president of betraying trust, pointing out that the signatures collected to serve as an attachment to the statement endorsing Governor Yahaya Bello’s presidential ambition were maliciously used by him to pursue his overreaching ambition to impeach the president. ‘speaker.
Members argued that even if the members in question are already suspended, the matter should be thoroughly investigated and appropriate sanctions imposed on them to serve as a deterrent.
House members described the former senior officers’ actions as shameful and reprehensible and demanded an unqualified apology from them.
Speaking on the matter, the Chairman, Prince Mathew Kolawole, described the action of the three suspended members as a gross violation of House Rules and Privileges, and ordered the Chairman Ethics and Privileges to conduct a diligent investigation into the issue by giving the accused members a fair hearing and reporting back home.
No deadline for the submission of the report was given.
He also thanked the members for believing in him, pledging that the house under his leadership would continue to work in harmony with the executive branch to deliver the much-needed dividends of democracy to the people of the state.