Umar Imam Resigns As Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly Days After Governor Yahaya Bello Disrupts Plenary

By Abdul Tukur

Umar Imam, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly has resigned from his position.

On Wednesday, Alhaji Imam and his deputy Hon Friday Sani Makam were both assaulted by hoodlums sponsored by Governor Yahaya Bello.

Government sources who confirmed news of the speaker’s resignation, say that Mr Bello believes Alhaji Iman and Hon. Makam are loyalists of  Senator Dino Melaye.

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According to the source, the Kogi governor was orchestrating a plan for the majority leader Matthew Kolawole, to replace the representative from Lokoja 1 constituency who has been speaker since last year.

Senator Melaye, Chairman, Senate Committee on the FCT, has constantly spoken out on the non-payment of salaries to Kogi workers which has ruined the relationship Mr Bello once had with him.

The legislator who was born in Kano, has previously said the sponsor of his recall from the Senate wants him removed because he insists that Mr Bello pays workers.

Senator Melaye reaffirmed to this online paper that, “every worker is worthy of his wages.” He will continue the fight until the right thing is done by each staff.

Despite, an assassination attempt on his life, Senator Melaye continued to scold the Governor for running a “banana republic.” He is calling on the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to “declare a state of emergency in Kogi State before anarchy becomes total.”

“The unwarranted attack on Hon. Friday Sani Makama shall not be swept under the carpet. We are not in a banana republic. It is manifestly clear now that the acting President must declare a state of Emergency in Kogi State before anarchy becomes total, he said in a statement received last night.

“The economic cankerworm and social scavenger called Bello must be tamed before he finishes spending the little political capital left for APC in Kogi. We must not all keep quiet and allow this Stranger destroy the labour of genuine APC members in Kogi. We will not allow him to take us back to Egypt. We must rescue Kogi NOW!!!!”

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