Ebonyi Assembly suspends lawmaker indefinitely

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Ebonyi State of on Friday suspended indefinitely member representing Ebonyi North West Constituency, Victor Aleke, over alleged misconduct.

This followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by leader, Victor Chukwu and seconded by member representing Ohaukwu North, Chinedu Awoh.

Chukwu also moved a motion that Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Area, Clement Odah, be suspended alongside .

He said the motion stemmed from the findings of the ad hoc committee set up by the investigate the financial activities of Ohaukwu Local .

The leader said findings of the committee indicted both Aleke and Odah, and that there was need for the House sanction them serve as a deterrent others that might indulge similar acts .

Chukwu said the committee discovered a lot of financial improprieties, including inflation of contracts sum allegedly by Odah’ administration, which according him, shouldn’t go unpunished.

He alleged that Aleke who was a member of the committee became a’a green snake a green grass’, by allegedly conniving with Odah to sabotage the assignment; an act he said was against the House rule.

Chukwu said Aleke had “committed infractions the past which he described as not just dishonorable, but breaches the peace of the House, adding that such should not be overlooked any longer.

He urged the House to suspend both Aleke and Odah pending when the determination of the allegations against them.

But the motion for the suspension of Odah was stepped down by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Francis Nwifuru, who said would be discussed during the next plenary, while Aleke’ was upheld.

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama as the member representing Ezza State Constituency, Hon Chris Usulor, opposed the Speaker.

He requested that there should be headcount of the lawmakers at the plenary to know those in support or against the suspension of Aleke, before he makes ruling.

But Nwifuru quickly told him that request was against the House rule.

Aleke was not present in the chamber when suspension took place on Friday.

On whether the suspension of Aleke had any connection with his alleged refusal to decamp to the APC with Governor Umahi, the Chairman, House Committee on , and Member representing Ishielu , Hon Arinze Chukwu, said had nothing to do with defection.

The Nation