Court declares another Kogi lawmaker’s seat vacant

December 12th, 2018

The Kogi State House of As­sembly on Tuesday declared the seat of the lawmaker representing Olamaboro state con­stituency, Hon. Linus Ojochenemi Eneche, vacant.

It will be recall that this is the second time the current sixth As­sembly will be declaring a mem­ber’s seat vacant since the inaugu­ration of the house in 2015.

Eneche had earlier defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest under the platform of the People Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the forth­coming general election.

Moving a motion for his seat to be declared vacant, the house Ma­jority Leader, Hon. Hassan Abdul­lahi Bello (APC Ajaokuta) averred that his colleague from Olamaboro defected to another party without considering the Law.

The Ajaokuta lawmaker in­formed the Assembly that he has made his personal investigation before moving the motion.
Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed (APC Ankpa I), while seconding the motion, disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains a united party and is not in any form of cri­sis.

Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. (Barr.) Oluwatoyin Lawal (PDP Yagba West), was however of the view that the embattled lawmaker has not announced his defection on the floor of the house.

According to him, ” I am aware that Hon. Linus Eneche has ap­proached the court and as such the House should not discuss any matter that is in the court.”

Hon. Sunday Shigaba (PDP Bassa), on his part, supported the position of the deputy minority leader and suggested that a com­mittee be set up for further clari­fication.

The Speaker, while ruling on the matter, pointed out that the APC has confirmed that Hon. Eneche name is with INEC as the People Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer for the forthcoming House of Assembly election.

Also, Prince Kolawole intimat­ed his colleagues that he doesn’t have any document before him to affirm that Hon. Eneche is in court.

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