Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
The Delta State House of Assembly has suspended one of its members over alleged legislative misconduct.
Hon. Reuben Izeze, the representative of Ughelli South state constituency, was suspended for three months for bringing the House to disrepute.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon Tim Owhefere moved the motion on the floor of the House on Tuesday, June 07, 2016.
Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere had stood up to inform the House of a matter which, he said, borders on the dignity of the legislature. Pointing out that the Assembly is greatly concerned about maintaining the dignity of the legislature and by implication that of the law maker, he said “A situation in which lawmakers are called Honourable members but we act in dishonourable manner leaves much to be desired.”
While not giving details of what constituted a dishonourable behaviour involving Mr. Izeze, Owhefere said: “An attempt to bring the dignity of this House to disrepute by Reuben Izeze, therefore, I move that this honourable house do now suspend Hon. Reuben Izeze, representing Ughelli South for three months.”
The motion was seconded by the Minority Leader, Hon. Okoh Festus, (Ika South), and when the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya put the question the ayes had it and the Speaker declared that Reuben Izeze is hereby suspended for three months with immediate effect.
“He is hereby suspended for a period of three months” the Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya said during the plenary on Tuesday.
However, sources close to Mr. Igbuya hinted that Izeze’s suspension may not be unconnected with a recent failed impeachment plot against Mr Igbuya and the leadership of the House.
Recall that Mr. Igbuya survived an impeachment which was masterminded by Izeze but save for the quick intervention of the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
In another development, the House recalled the suspended chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwura.
Also recall that the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Friday Osanebi, was alleged to have. masterminded and sponsored the earlier suspension of the council Chairman, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah, alleging that she was running the finances of the local government council secretly and awarding contracts without due process.
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