The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Momoh Jimoh-Lawal was Thursday impeached along with two other principal officers, his deputy, Hon. Ali Akuh and minority leader, Hon. Hassan Bello.
Jimoh-Lawal was impeached over allegations of incompetence in the running of the affairs of the assembly. Addressing pressmen in Lokoja, chairman of the house committee on information, Hon. John Abbah stated that the action of “17 members” of the assembly to remove Jimoh- Lawal as speaker should not be seen as novel, but imperative, in view of the demand to remove the speaker before now. He explained that there had been previous moves to remove Jimoh-Lawal as speaker, but that they have been managing him, stating that when the 17 members could no longer manage him and others, they had no option but to move against him.
Abbah, who is the new deputy speaker, said that Jimoh-Lawal was impeached because of incompetence, greed and betrayal of members. Also removed along with Jimoh-Lawal, was his deputy, Hon. Ali Akuh and the minority leader, Hon. Hassan Bello. Meanwhile the house has elected new speaker in the person of Hon. Godwin Osuyi, while Hon. John Abbah was elected as the new deputy speaker and Hon. Eneche Ojochemenemi Linus became the new the minority leader.
The newly elected speaker, Godwin Osuyi said that the impeachment had nothing to do with the political situation in the state. He pointed out that all the 25 assembly members are capable of being speaker of the house, and that if any is not competent, such can be removed. He announced that the house has been adjourned to 16 December.