The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Prince Matthew Kolawole, has denied complicity in the declaration of the seat of the Lawmaker representing Olamaboro State Constituency, Hon Linus Enenche vacant.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Femi Olugbemi, said the Speaker acted in accordance with the provisions of the law.
The statement which reads in parts said “Our attention has been drawn to a media reports alleging the complicity of Rt Hon Prince Matthew Kolawole as the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, in declaring vacant the seat of Hon Linus Eneche of Olamaboro State Constituency because he has technically defected to the PDP.
“To put the records straight, as a lawmaker, Hon Linus Eneche should know and understand the position of law according to section 109 (g), 1999 Nigeria constitutions, as amended, that a lawmaker shall stand the risk of losing his or her seat if he or she defects from the political party that sponsored him or her for the same election he or she is enjoying at the moment.
“However, for him to say the Speaker is working in line with directive to declare his seat vacant is uncalled for and malicious for a man whom the Speaker has used his good office to assist in the recent past.
“The Speaker is a law abiding Nigerian who at every given time respect and uphold the rule of law, as at this time, neither the Kogi State House of Assembly nor the office of Honourable Speaker has received any correspondence from any court as regards the claims of Hon Linus Eneche.
“And if truly he has gone to court, on what basis, is it to preempt a process that has not taken place.
“Hon Linus Eneche should be honourable enough to say the truth as it is, saying he was denied his salary and allowances for 7 months is not only a lie but falsehood deliberately push to the public to rubbish the good image of the Speaker and the entire leadership of the 6th Assembly.
“We therefore challenge him to publish the statement of his salary account to confirm his claims, as he has collected his salary and other allowances up till November, 2018.
“It is also good to note that Hon Linus Eneche’s name has been published on INEC list as the PDP candidate for Olamaboro State Constituency in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections. Which evidence do the party need again to act when it is now public knowledge that he is a PDP flag bearer.
He noted that the APC as a party has only acted in line with the constitution of Nigeria by writing to the House on the recent activities of Hon Linus Eneche which is against the party.
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