Kogi Assembly not shut – Official
The Director of Information, Kogi State House of Assembly, Mr Aka Adebayo, has debunked the information making the round that the house has been shut down by Governor Yahaya Bello.
Aka, while reacting to an online publication, titled “Kogi Assembly Under Lock and Key” in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Thursday said the essence of the write up is aimed at smearing the robust relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.
While noting that the writer only compiled tissues of lies and sold them to the reading public, Adebayo said it was also false information that the Speaker of the Assembly, Prince Mathew Kolawole had hidden the Assembly mace over the fear of possible impeachment.
Throwing more light on why the Assembly is yet to reconvene after it had earlier adjourned sitting to April 26th, 2022 last month, Aka explained that the current political activities leading to the build-up to the 2023 election were some of the reasons members of the house have not reconvened for sitting.
According to him, the write up is targeted at Kolawole who was alleged to be consistently involved in financial misappropriation.
Continuing, the Assembly Director of information said “Though the House would have reconvened, political meetings culminating in buying of interest and nomination forms by aspirants and thereafter submission of same and expected primary elections have not given room for the lawmakers to come for plenary sitting.
“There exists a cordial and robust working relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government in the state. Why should such a write up come up now at a time preparations for the 2023 elections are on top gear. The writer also lied that His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello was the one who directed that the State Assembly should be under lock and key. This is another naked lie that seekers of truth can easily verify.
“If indeed the Governor authorised the closure as alleged by the writer, why then should the same Governor continue to protect the Rt Hon Speaker from the formal investigation as claimed by the writer”.