Friday, 22 July 2016

Benue lawmaker suspended for demanding Speaker’s resignation

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The Benue State House of Assembly has suspended the member representing Logo State Constituency, Dr. Kester kyenge for five months.

The lawmaker was axed for unruly behaviour and for dishing out falsehood against the leadership of the assembly with the intention to tarnish its image.

The House made the resolution following a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Barrister Benjamin Adanyi.

In the motion, he drew the attention of the House to media reports credited to Dr kyenge, in which he alleged that the leadership misappropriated huge sums of monies meant for the purchase of vehicles for the lawmakers.

Recall that Kyenge had refused to abide by the ruling of the Speaker who ruled him out of order, which led to a rowdy session last Tuesday, resulting into abrupt closure of the House by the Speaker.

Thereafter, Dr. kyenge addressed a press conference and called for the resignation of the Speaker and the leadership of the House for allegedly embezzling N750m meant for the purchase of vehicles for members.

Moving the motion, Mr. Adanyi informed members that apart from misinforming the public concerning the vehicle contract, the suspended lawmaker threw the House into chaos by disobeying the ruling of the Speaker on a matter of procedure contrary to the House Rules.


The Majority Leader explained that the behaviour was contrary to parliamentary practice and procedure of the Assembly, saying if not checked, it would lead to a breakdown of law and order in the House.

Member representing Adoka/Ugboju, Barrister Adam Okloho, who seconded the motion reiterated the need for the relevant rules of the House to be invoked to serve as a deterrent against errant behaviour.

The member representing Katsina-Ala East, Mr. Ianna Jato, countered the motion, saying the matter should be referred to the appropriate committee of the House for investigation.

His counter motion was seconded by the member for Otukpo/Akpa, Mr. Egli Johnson.

The Speaker put the issue to vote and those in favour were 14 while those against were 11.

The Assembly warned that henceforth, any member who behaved contrary to the rules would be sanctioned.

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