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Why Delta Assembly Suspended Lawmaker

Posted: Jun 25, 2016 at 6:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi

Asaba – Facts have emerged why the member representing Ughelli South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, DSHA, Hon Reuben Izeze was suspended by the House for three months.
Other lawmakers had claimed he was suspended over alleged legislative misconduct especially for bringing the House into disrepute.

But findings show that apart from his alleged visible roles in the planned impeachment of the Speaker, Hon Monday Igbuya, another reason for the suspension is the alleged publication authored by him in a newspaper.
The discovery of the planned impeachment informed why the House did not sit for over one week before the suspension and the need to douse the tension resulting from the planned change of leadership.

Majority Leader of the House, Hon Tim Owhefere moved the motion why the Speaker confirmed it during the plenary that “He is hereby suspended for a period of three months”.

Meanwhile, a school of thought close to Izeze claimed that the suspension was to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it as the Assembly cannot give authentic reasons why he was suspended.

According to the source, ‘’ The vibrancy and popularity of Izeze, from Delta Central where the position of the Speaker has been zoned to created a nightmare to the Speaker and his loyalists’ which informed the suspension. They saw Izeze as a good replacement of Igbuya and at the same time somebody who could restore the dignity of the Assembly’’.

This is not the first time the Speaker is weathering the storm within one year. Last October, DSHA slammed a three months suspension on two high ranking members of the house, Hon Pat Ajudua, Oshimili North and Hon Johnson Erijo, Isoko South 11 constituency for alleged desecration of the hallow chamber.

The House hurriedly resumed after six weeks recess to suspend Ajudua, Chief Whip  and Erijo, Deputy Majority Leader in the fifth assembly. The two suspended members were escorted out of the hallow chamber by the Sergeant -At- Arms following the voice ruling of the motion by Igbuya.

The Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere, Isoko North, in a motion, seconded by the Minority Leader, Hon Festus Okoh, Ika South, said they erred in that direction and that the sanctity of the house must be respected at all times.
Owhefere said as the spokesperson of the house, it behooved on him to draw attention of members, anytime the integrity of the house was being brought to disrepute, hence the need for the motion to suspend the two members.

Findings by Independent Newspaper revealed that the suspension came after series of actions they have carried out and which they have been warned severally.

He said the suspicion started during their Overseas Lecture and Vacation of the 6th Assembly which took place at the Georgia Tech Students Centre, Atlanta Georgia where the lawmakers planned their suspension.