he Kogi State House of Assembly on Wednesday described as a welcome idea, the decision of the National Assembly to take over the affairs of the state parliament pending the resolution of the leadership crisis besetting the state legislature.

The lawmakers also disowned a letter addressed to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, purportedly written on their behalf by a legal practitioner, Ademuyiwa Adeniyi, asking the National Assembly to rescind its decision to take over its premises in Lokoja.

Fifteen out of the 20 state legislators, in a letter signed on their behalf by the embattled Speaker, Momoh-Jimoh Lawal, specifically denied asking the House of Representatives to hands off the leadership crisis currently rocking the legislature.

The lawmakers said that there was never a time they instructed anyone to write the House of Representatives to that effect.

They expressed shock over the newspaper publication claiming that they had written the House of Representatives to hands off the crisis.

The lawmakers said, “We woke up to realise that an online publication was attributed to the G-15. It took us by surprise that somebody who we never authorised said that we in the G-15 wrote the National Assembly to halt the takeover of the activities of the Kogi State legislative chambers.

“We were taken aback as we did not authorise anybody to do such on our behalf. We were surprised to see somebody trying to turn our position upside down. We are the ones that took our complaint to the National Assembly, prompting their reaction and the whole world is aware of this. We remain resolute on this.

“There is no way an insignificant minority can take over because politics is a game of number.”

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