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Kogi State House Speaker Resigns
The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Momoh Jimoh, has resigned from his position.
His resignation letter was read on the floor of the House by the Deputy Speaker, Ali Akuh, who commended the Speaker’s decision, saying it is in the best interest of the state.
Another member of the House, Umar Imam, is to take over as Speaker.
The Kogi Assembly has been rocked by crisis since February, resulting in the splitting of the chamber into two factions.
Five lawmakers in the 20-member House, reportedly backed by the state governor, Yahaya Bello, had purportedly impeached Jimoh “for not carrying other members along in the affairs of the House” and replaced him with Imam.
The Speaker and his loyalists took the matter to court where the purported impeachment was nullified, but the governor reportedly continued to recognize the five-man faction.
The Jimoh faction then took its case to the Federal House of Representatives, where a resolution of the members declared that the Kogi State Assembly was incapable of carrying out legislative functions and ordered the then Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to seal up the assembly premises.