Responding to reports of the Assembly complex under lock and key with no sitting by the Lawmakers, the Kogi State House of Assembly on Thursday debunked the reports, stating reasons why the members have not held plenary since the last sitting.
The Director of Information, Adebayo Michael in a statement said that besides the Lawmakers, other civil servants and staff have been going to work regularly.
However, he confirmed that the Lawmakers at their last sitting adjourned till April 26th, 2022 but could not reconvene because of Ramadan, public holidays and preparations for the 2022 general elections.
“Of a truth, at the last plenary sitting, the House adjourned till April 26th,2022 but could not reconvene due to the Ramandan fasting. Subsequently, when the fasting was over and the public holidays followed, preparations for 2023 general elections started.
“Though, the House would have reconvened but political meetings culminating in buying of interest and nomination forms by aspirants and thereafter submission of same and expected primary elections have not given room for the lawmakers to come for plenary sitting. So to the best of the knowledge of the Hon Clerk of the House, Alh Sule Ahmed Chogudo, who is the Head of Legislative Service, the maze is not hidden,” he said.
While reassuring a cordial relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government in the state, the spokesperson avvered the possibility that the report was targeted to smear the Speaker, Rt Hon Matthew Kolawole.
“And if the purpose of this write up is targeted at smearing this robust relationship, it is dead on arrival. Reading through the ridiculous write up, one would conclude that it is targeted at the person of the Rt Hon Speaker who was alleged to be consistently involved in financial misappropriation. Why should such write up come up now at a time preparations for 2023 elections are on top gear. In essence, the unfounded allegation is basically aimed at tarnishing the image of RT Hon Mathew Kolawole because of his rising political profile.