The ‘impeached’ Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Mr. Momoh Jimoh-Lawal, and 14 other members of the Assembly on Wednesday petitioned the House of Representatives, seeking the latter’s intervention in the brewing crisis.
It was gathered that the Kogi lawmakers had submitted the petition to the House of Representatives’ Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, for transmission to the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
The petition was submitted to Gbajabiamila in his office at the National Assembly in the presence of his Deputy, Mr. Buba Jibrin, who is also from Kogi State.
The details of the document were not immediately disclosed, but an official in Gbajabiamila’s office confided in our correspondent that the Kogi lawmakers believed that the “purported impeachment was a joke.”
The official added that Gbajabiamila later held a closed-door meeting with Jimoh-Lawal and his 14 colleagues, who accompanied him to Abuja.
The official added, “The petition is seeking the intervention of the House in the Kogi crisis, because that it what it has become. Fifteen members of the House, including Jimoh-Lawal, are here, that tells you where the majority lies.
“How can the minority impeach the majority? They believe that it is a joke,” the source added.
Some members of the State Assembly had earlier in the week announced the removal of Jimoh-Lawal, his deputy, Mr. Alih Ajuh and the majority leader, Mr. Kolawole Matthew.
But, in a swift the reaction, Jimoh-Lawal had described his removal as a “kangaroo arrangement” that would fail.
His opponents had accused him of running the legislature like his personal estate.