Kogi Assembly crisis: Warring factions hold peace talks, set to settle differences

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The leadership crisis rocking the Kogi state House of Assembly may be resolved soon as the warring factions have agreed to allow peace reign.

This followed a closed door meeting held with all the warring factions of the state assembly including the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello; his deputy, Simon Achuba, and other top government officials, This Day reports.

At the meeting which held on Thursday, June 23, a 10- man reconciliation committee headed by John Nihi, brokered peace between the two warring groups.

Speaking to journalist shortly after the closed-door meeting, Nihi said the youths stepped in to do the reconciliation as no elder deemed it fit to reconcile the warring factions.

He said the leadership crisis had degenerated to the level that the good image of the state was being battered.

According to him, all issues would have been resolved by today as all the warring factions were ready to work together for the progress of the state.

Also speaking, Governor Bello said it had been a very wonderful deliberation.

“Like I said earlier, Kogi state has never been in crisis because in any home, there is bound to be misunderstanding. The assembly members have reached agreement to set aside their differences and continue the business of legislation,” he said.

Speaking on the success of the reconciliation move, the spokesman of the G15 and majority leader, Hon. Kolawole Mathew, said they had come together to find a lasting solution to the crisis, adding that nothing was permanent.

“The governor has spoken to us as his people and we the assembly members have agreed on certain templates and I am very sure by tomorrow (today), we will finish with our differences and the peace we have been looking for will return to the assembly,” he said.

The spokesperson of G5, Hon. Hassan Bewa, said they would be stronger than before, adding that they have been exchanging pleasantries as they have not done in the last five months.

The Kogi Assembly had in the last few months, been engulfed in crisis as it split into two factions with one known as G15 led by the embattled Speaker, Momoh Jimoh Lawal, while the other faction known as G5 is led by Imam Umar.

The crisis which started sometime in November last year, prevented the House from carrying out its duties as the warring factions were at each other’s jugular.

In an effort to resolve the crisis, the House of Representative ordered the takeover of the legislative functions of the assembly and sealing of the assembly complex.

On Thursday, May 26, the G15 group led by Lawal tried to resume sitting at the assembly complex but were stopped by a combined team of police and national security defence who barricaded the complex.

Credit: Naij.com

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