Factional Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Mr Godwin Osiyi (PDP-Ogori-Magongo) has reaffirmed the position of the 17 members of his group, saying that the embattled Speaker, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Lawal remains impeached.
While addressing journalists at a press conference in Lokoja on Monday, Osiyi posited that the impeachment carried out on December 10, on the floor of the House through the resolution of 17-member-signatories still stood.
He said, against insinuations from different quarters, the impeachment of Lawal (PDP-Okene II) was not influenced by anyone, saying: “This thing has nothing to do with groups or individuals but the management of ourselves.”
The factional speaker said the impeachment was premised on six grounds arising from general feeling of discontentment among members against the former speaker, including what he described as the “gross incompetence and lack of capacity and confidence in himself, to preside over the 6th Assembly proceedings.”
He said Lawal’s sins also included insensitivity to members’ interest and plights and misrepresentation between the Assembly and the Executive for his personal interests and aggrandizement.
Others are mismanagement of Assembly funds and other valuable resources; betrayal of trust reposed in him by members and high-handedness in administration of the Assembly, adding that the lawmaker operated like a sole administrator.
Lawal in his defence said he was not opposed to the impeachment but it ought to have followed due process, adding that the manner in which it was conducted contravened the House rules and procedures for impeachment.
He said, they even forged signature of member representing Lokoja 1 Constituency, Umar Ahmed Imam (APC) as one of the 17 members that signed the impeachment notice.
Governor Idris Wada is expected to present the state 2016 Annual Budget to the House today in the midst of the leadership crisis grips the sixth assembly.

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