Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Momoh Jimoh Lawal, representing Okene 11 constituency was removed yesterday by 17 out of 25 members of the state assembly.
In his place, Hon Godwin Osuyi (aka 2+2), representing Ogori-Magongo in the same senatorial district with the former speaker was elected to pilot the affairs of the House.
Addressing newsmen at a press conference in Lokoja on Thursday, Mr John Abah (PDP-Ibaji) said 17 members of the legislative assembly signed the paper for the removal of Lawal (PDP-Okene II).
He alleged incompetence, greed, betrayal of trust, inadequate representation and care for welfare of members as well as lack of administrative principles as the grounds for impeachment of the speaker.
Abah also said that two other principal officers of the House, Mr Aliyu Akuh (PDP-Omala), Deputy Speaker and Hassan Bello (APC-Ajaokuta), Minority Leader were impeached along with the speaker on the same grounds.
Also speaking, the new Speaker, Godwin Osuyi (APC-Ogori Magongo) said the 25 members of the House were potential speakers as nobody was elected into the House as speaker, stressing that Hon. Abdullahi Bello was impeached for Lawal to become speaker.
“This gentleman that was removed did not come in as speaker. If I, Godwin Osiyi misbehave tomorrow, I should be impeached. As long as we continue to have incompetent leaders, we will continue to effect changes.
“We have to do away with incompetence. If it is not well with the legislature it will not be well with the state,” he said.
It was gathered that the impeachment move by members earlier in the house resulted in a fracas, which in the process led to forceful smuggling of the mace out of the house by hoodlums who invaded the chamber.
Thereafter, a member, Mr Ukubile Ochijenu-Acharu (PDP-Idah) moved a motion calling for the removal of Lawal, and presented a paper containing the list of 17 members who gave their consent to the move.
The motion was seconded by Zakari Mohammed (APC-Kogi Koton-Karfe) and was to proceed when the impeached Minority Leader, Hassan Bello, raised objection that he was not party to the move.
Almost immediately, thugs rushed into the chamber and forcefully took away the mace. They attacked NTA news crew, smashed the camera, seized the GSM handset of Prime FM reporter and zoomed out, causing pandemonium as members and staff scampered for safety.

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