The Kogi State House of Assembly has elected Matthew Kolawole as its new Speaker. The election came after as a result of the ripple effect of several upheavals the Kogi State House of Assembly had witnessed in the course of the week.

On tuesday, the first of August invaded the house and unleashing violence on the members of the house of Assembly and with threats of impeachment hanging over him, Umar Imam the previous speaker of the house duly resigned from his post as speaker of the house.

This vacuum led to an emergency sitting of the Kogi State House of Assembly, which saw the emergence of Matthew Kolawole of APC, representing Kabba/Bunu as the new speaker. Other officers elected along with him include, Bello Hassan (APC-Ajaokuta) as the new Majority Leader and Victor Adewale Omofaiye (APC-Ijumu) as new Chief Whip of the house.

Mr. Kolawole before his election as the new Speaker was previously the Majority leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

Speaking after his election, Mr. Kolawole said the day was a “Watershed in the political annals of Kogi State as it marks the beginning of another path to further consolidate on the progress so far made by this august House”.

He further pledged his “strong determination and resolve to rally this noble House for a common cause aimed at raising the bar of socio-political and economic development of our state”.