The embattled speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Momoh Jimoh Lawal, yesterday said he was ready to resign if the right thing was done and his purported impeachment by five members out of 20 member house reversed.
He spoke on a day the National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, faulted the impeachment, saying it was illegal and could not stand.
Addressing journalists after members of the state House of Assembly met with Ali Modu Sheriff, the speaker said he was aware of agitation that the speaker and the governor should not come from the same senatorial district.
The speaker’s position which was conveyed by the majority Leader of the House, Kolawole Olusola Mathew, noted that “what is paramount to the House is to resolve the crisis before the Speaker can resign to pave way for the Kogi West to assume the position. If for any reason the House wants the Speaker to resign, he will resign but we should sit down and resolve the crisis in the House. We want a unified House.”
The Kogi State House of Assembly has been embroiled in crisis following the alleged impeachment of Lawal by five
members last month.
The Majority Leader, however, told newsmen that Ali Modu Sheriff had urged the PDP lawmakers from the state to allow the status quo ante to remain.
He also enjoined them to work together as members of one party while calling on them to sign an undertaking
indicating their allegiance to the embattled Speaker.
Meanwhile, National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has assured the embattled speaker and PDP members of the State House of Assembly that the Party will stand by them.
In a statement by the Special Assistant to the chairman on Media, Inuwa Bwala, the National Chairman, said the purported impeachment of Lawal could not stand, saying it was absurd that five out of 25 assembly members could claim to impeach a Speaker in an informal sitting in a private residence without even forming a quorum as required by the rules of the House.