Twenty four hours after the seat of the Lawmaker representing Olamaboro State Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Linus Enenche, was declared vacant, the lawmaker has said that Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole, the Speaker is setting a bad precedence for the incoming seventh Assembly through his display of legislative lawlessness.
According to Hon. Eneche, Hon. Kolawole was one of the first beneficiary of defection in the assembly, but lamented that the Speaker would preside over his defection and declare his seat vacant.
The lawmaker averred that it is unfortunate that many lawmakers in the life of the current assembly had defected to the APC even when there was no crisis in the party, wondering why there seats were never declared vacant, lamented that he is being made a sacrificial lamb.
Hon. Eneche pointed out that his travails is not within the limit of the House, but influenced from outside the Assembly, a feat confirming the lawlessness therein, but however said he is relying on the judiciary to addressed the declaration of his seat as vacant when the matter is in court.
In his words, ” the judiciary is the last hope of the common man. I strongly appeal for an interpretation as to whether the Speaker has the right and power to declare my seat vacant.
” It is unfortunate for the Speaker to deny knowledge of my service, when there is a receipt acknowledging the service from the court. The service was acknowledged by the Clark and secretary to the speaker but shamefully, he would publicly deny knowledge of the service.
Hon. Eneche maintained that the decision to declare his seat vacant and to withhold his salaries is a deliberate ploy to weaken him, but maintained that it has rather reinvigorated his people to return him to the House of Assembly in 2019.
Hon. Eneche called on his constituents not to loos focus pointing out that he is confidence that Justice would be upheld by the judiciary, warning against setting precedence for the incoming seventh assembly.
It would be recalled that the Kogi State House of Assembly in its Tuesday sitting, presided by Rt Hon. Mathew Kolawole, declared vacant the seat of Hon. Eneche.
This followed a letter transmitted to the House from the state chairman of APC Alh Abdullahi Bello, on the offence of defection to PDP by Hon. Eneche, which ractified by the house through a voice vote declaring the seat of the lawmaker vacant.
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