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Reps Summon Kogi Governor Over Constitutional Breach

Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja

House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, to appear before it over allegation that he refused to adhere to resolutions of the National Assembly and a Federal High Court of the FCT.

An adhoc committee of the House, which investigated the non-compliance of the earlier directive of the House to seal the Kogi House of Assembly, had recommended that the governor forwards the budget of the state for consideration.

In the adopted recommendations of the committee, which was chaired by the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the House also urged the Kogi Governor to send the state executive bills to the House of Representatives for immediate consideration.

The resolution to invite the Kogi Governor, was sequel to a motion on matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Chukwuemeka Ujam.

While moving the motion, the lawmaker noted that the Governor had begun implementing a budget not approved by the House and had also ignored a Court ruling nullifying impeachment of the embattled Kogi Speaker, Mommoh Jimoh.

Contributing to the motion, Hon. Ali Isa Jesse, expressed displeasure at the Governor’s disregard for the resolutions of the National Assembly.

He urged the House to initiate an impeachment process against the Governor.

While describing the disregard of the resolution of the National Assembly and ruling of the Court by Bello as an act of “impunity”, Gbajabiamila said there is no immunity protecting the Governor from investigation.

He added that the Governor has no right to deploy military personnel in the state.

The House, which adopted the motion when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, also summoned the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to explain why the Governor will deploy security personnel in the state.

Meanwhile, the House has passed for third reading the bill to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

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