Kogi Assembly suspends 9 members, 5 local govt chairmen for Gross Misconduct, Terrorism and other charges
Nine members of the Kogi State House of Assembly have been suspended for gross misconduct, terrorism, electoral violence, and anti-party activities during the recently concluded General Elections in the state.
Following the adoption of letters from Governor Yahaya Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Bello Abdullahi, the decision to suspend the members and four local government council chairmen was made at Thursday’s plenary session.
In a letter to the Assembly, the Governor urged the Speaker, Kolawole Matthew, to investigate the members’ culpability in the alleged crimes.
The membership consists of: Kilani Olushola, Ijumu; Suleiman Attajachi Musa, Idah; Bello Hassan, Ajaokuta; A.T. Ahmed, Okene I; Moses Akande, Ogori-Magongo; Aderonke Aro, Yagba-West; Daniyan Raiyi, Bassa; Muktar Bajeh, Okehi and Atule Egbunu, Ibaji.
A letter from the state Secretariat of the APC to the Assembly, signed by the chairman Bello Abdullahi, informed the House that the legislators and the chairmen had been suspended by their respective ward executive councils of the party.
It said, “The under-listed individuals have been suspended by their Wards Excos of All Progressives Congress with immediate effect for gross misconduct, insubordination and Anti-Party activities in the just concluded General Elections.”
In order to serve as a deterrent for future elections, the party chairman urged the House to implement the suspension in the chamber.
On the basis of the governor’s and state party chairman’s letters alleging their guilt, the House also suspended four council chairmen and placed three others under investigation.
The Deputy Speaker, Alfa Momoh Rabiu (APC-Ankpa II), moved the adoption of the motion by stating that, given their positions as legislators and Council Chairmen, it was regrettable for them to violate the law.
“Lawmakers should not be seen as lawbreakers. The state is above all of us. Let the law do its job. They should be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into their alleged offences”, he said.
The Council chairmen involved are Ogori-Magongo, Goke Oparirison and his Vice Chairman; Kabba-Bunu, Moses Olurunleke and his Vice; Bassa – Muktar Mohammed and his Vice; Yagba-West, Pius Kolawole; Ajaokuta, Mustapha Akaaba; Adavi – Joseph Omuya; Ibaji, Williams Iko’ojo.
The motion was adopted by Prince Collins Musa (APC-Omala) who, along with others aligned himself with the position of the Deputy Speaker that the legislators be suspended.
In his ruling, Speaker Matthew Kolawole stated that the nine legislators and four Council chairmen will remain suspended pending the outcome of the investigations into the allegations.
He stated, however, that the decision regarding Bassa, Ogori, and Yagba-West would be postponed until the House Committee investigates the allegations against them.
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