Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja
Kogi State House of Assembly has declared the Lokoja 1 constituency seat vacant ,following the defection of the former Speaker of the House Right Umar Ahmed Immam .
The ex- Speaker had on his volition resigned his position as speaker after intractable crisis
that rocked State Assembly and later defected to Social Democratic Party SPD.
Only recently the former speaker Honourable Immam declared interest for the House Representable seat for Lokoja/Karfi Federal seat following the declaration of seat vacant by the national after the death late Hon Buba Jubrin .
However Kogi State House of Assembly on Tuesday declared the seat of the immediate past speaker Umar Ahmed Imam member representing Lokoja I vacant.
The decision to declare his seat vacant, is sequel to a letter sent to the house by the State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress Abdullahi Bello, and a motion moved by the house Majority leader Bello Hassan Abdullahi and a letter sent to the house by the former speaker announcing his defection to a new party.
The motion was seconded by Deputy Majority leader Hon Ahmed Mohammed stated that the letter sent to the house for the seat of the embattled former speaker to be declared vacant declared that the motion was timely.
According to him, “there is no crisis in APC. The last time we defected to the ruling party, the PDP were in crisis.”
He added to the prayers that, the official vehicle given to the former speaker by the state government should be withdrawn.
When the floor of the house was open for deliberation by the current speaker Mathew Kolawole, (APC Kabba Bunu), the then speaker of the house Momohjimoh Lawal (PDP Okene II) disagree with the letter of the All Progressive Congress and the motion moved by the majority leader.
” I disagree with the APC and this motion to declare the seat of our colleague vacant. We are all aware that, at the national level, their is Reform APC which shows that their is crisis in the ruling party. Only the court of law can declare the seat of any member vacant. Mr speaker, you are a beneficiary of this defection. So why was your seat not declared vacant” Lawal averred.
He also cited section 109 subsection (1G) of the 1999 constitution to backup his claim.
Momoh RKogi member representing (APC Ankpa II) in his remark notify his colleagues that, they are lawmakers and not law breakers.
“Declaring the seat of the former speaker vacant is of no use to the members. I therefore distanced my self from this motion “he noted.
Linus Eneche ( APC Olamaboro) urged the members to have the fear of God. According to him, ” Are we deliberating on the letter sent to the house by the All Progressive Congress Chairman in Kogi State or the motion moved by the majority leader. We should not forget that, it is Imam today and could be any of us tomorrow. Declaring the seat of the former speaker to me is not necessary”.
Other lawmakers who distanced themselves from the motion are Barrister Oluwatoyin Lawal ( PDP Yagba West), Zakari Osewu ( APC Kogi Koton Karfe ), Obaro Pedro,
While those who supported the motion are Ododo Moses ( APC Dekina Beraidu), Abdulkareem Kekere ( APC Okehi), Lawi Ahmed (Okene I ), Adoke Muktar ( APC Adavi), John Aba (APC Ibaji), Jimoh Omiata (APC Yagba East).
The Speaker in interview with Journalists at his office said the State State Assembly acted in line with provision of the constitution, stressing that there was no indication that there was crisis in All Progressive Congress in the state .
Kolawole who noted that he is on the side of the law on the matter before the house direct the Clerk to convene the resolution of the Assembly to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).