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Kogi Assembly Majority Leader Bajeh resigns in protest



By Thompson Yamput

The Kogi Assembly Majority Leader, Alhaji Murktar Bajeh (APC-Okehi) has resigned from his position in protest of the terrorist tag thrown at him and eight other colleagues.

Gov. Yahaya Bello of the state had on March 23 branded nine of the 25 assembly members as terrorists for their alleged roles during the March 18 House of Assembly elections held in the state.

Bello had requested the legislature in a letter to the Speaker, Mr Matthew Kolawale, to suspend the group of nine, including the Majority Leader and investigate their roles during the assembly election.

But Bajeh, in a letter to the house, informed them of his resolve to step down from the majority leader’s position following the actions of the governor and the House.

“I hereby wish to inform this House that I am no more interested in being your leader, but have resigned forthwith,” the letter read.

The speaker, who read Bajeh’s letter at plenary, asked for comments on the matter.

It was at that point that a motion was moved by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Alfa Momoh-Rabiu, for the nomination of a substitute in the person of the Chief Whip, Mr Ahmed Dahiru, to replace Bajeh as the Majority Leader.

The speaker, quickly put a question to members, on the nomination of the chief whip to fill in the vacant position, and the members unanimously accepted Dahiru as their new Majority Leader owing to his capacity and ability to do the job.

The speaker, however, said, “The house having accepted the choice of Hon. Ahmed Dahiru, member representing Okene II, to fill in the gap left by Hon. Muktar Bajeh, we hereby declare him (Dahiru) our new Majority Leader from today”.

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