A faction of the Kogi State House of Assembly has described as an act of illegality the continuous sitting of five members of the Assembly in spite of the taking over of the functions of the House by the House of representatives.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday in Lokoja, the state capital, members of the G15, a group of 15 legislators opposed to the impeachment of Momoh Lawal as the Speaker, said the continuous sitting amounted to flouting the resolution of the National Assembly and other steps being taken to resolve the crisis.
A member of the G15, Sunday Shigaba, who addressed newsmen, quoted Governor Abubakar Bello as saying he was not aware of any crisis in the Assembly in media reports last week, adding that the governor said his “Speaker is sitting.”
He stated, “It is no longer news to hear that the executive governor has provided accommodation in the Government House for the G5 to continue their illegal legislative activities in flagrant disregard to the National Assembly’s resolution to take over the functions of the state Assembly, pending the resolution of the crisis rocking the House.”
The lawmakers accused Bello of frustrating every step taken so far to resolve the crisis.
The faction also accused the governor of dictating to the G5 to announce the impeachment of Lawal and other principal officers and continuously financing the illegal activities of the G5.
They alleged that the governor had continued to pay the G5’s salaries and allowances, including last year’s constituency allowance while denying the G15 the same treatment.
The G15 believed that the governor’s actions amounted to corruption for spending the state finances “as private and personal resources.”
But the Special Adviser to the Governor on Assembly and Legislative Matters, Haruna Yusuf, denied the involvement of Bello in the crisis rocking the state Assembly.
He described the crisis as purely an internal matter, which the governor had left for the lawmakers to resolve.