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KOGI CRISIS: G5 lawmakers shun Reps committee

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By Boluwaji Obahopo

LOKOJA—THE group of five faction, G5, in the Kogi State House of Assembly crisis, yesterday shunned the House of Representatives Committee raised to look into the crisis rocking the state assembly.


The group spokesperson, Friday Makama had on Wednesday, approached a Federal High Court seeking an injunction to stop the committee from carrying out its assignment.

However, Chairman of the committee, Pally Iriase, described as unfortunate the decision of the G5 faction not to attend the meeting held at the state House of Assembly complex.

Iriase who spoke with newsmen after a meeting with the G15 held at the galley since the chamber was locked said, “We notified all the factions involve about our coming here today (yesterday), for them to have shunned the meeting because they have an injunction against our legitimate duties is unfortunate.”

Iriase however said the meeting with the G15 faction and other stakeholders would not be made public, but submitted to the House of Representatives for further deliberation.

According to him: “What we have gathered from respective stakeholders will be related to the National Assembly for further deliberation. We have met with the State governor, the head of the security personal, DSS and also a faction of the Assembly, in due time we will submit our report to the larger House.”

Earlier, Iriase had said the committee was closed to brokering peace and settling the lingering crisis in the assembly.

Leader of the committee,  Pally Iriase, spoke with newsmen at the Presidential Lodge of the government House; after a closed door meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello, said: “From the perspective of the governor, peace is what he wants. With that it will be easier for us to reach peaceful conclusion soon.”

Also speaking, Governor Bello however distanced himself from the crisis and said the legislators were battling protracted internal crisis.
According to him, for the embattled Speaker to link the crisis to him was not only uncharitable but a lie to cover up his inadequacy to manage his members.

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