The 10-member House of Representatives fact-finding committee on the Kogi State House of Assembly crisis has commenced work with a charge to all parties in the dispute to maintain the status quo.
The chairman of the committee, Hon. Pally Iriase who said this to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday after a meeting of the members with the state governor, noted that the mission of the committee was to look into the alleged crisis and find a way forward.
He directed all parties in the leadership crisis to allow the provisions of the constitution to prevail, pending the final resolution.
Iriase also dismissed a report that a court had restrained the committee from sitting, saying that the House of Representatives was not aware of such a court order.
According to him, the committee, which will sit in Lokoja for days, has concluded arrangements to meet with the two factions in the house and other stakeholders.
Also speaking with journalists on the matter, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello described the crisis currently rocking the house as a minor misunderstanding.
He said that the issue of leadership was a mere nomenclature, saying that all members were equal.
Bello said that the leadership crisis preceded his inauguration as the governor of the state on Jan. 27, and that it would be wrong for anybody to say that he was behind it.
The governor promised to invite the two factions for amicable resolution of the misunderstanding and thanked the House of Representatives for the timely intervention.