Reps move to suspend another lawmaker

Posted on Mar 22 2018 - 11:35pm by admin

The House of Representatives, yesterday moved against one of its members, Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-APC) over his comments on the amendment of the Electoral Act.

The lawmaker had in an interview he granted to Channels Television accused the National Assembly of not following due process in the controversial amendments.

Coming under point of order, Hon. Awaji Abiante called the attention of the House to the comments made by Agbonayinma.

According to him, his colleague abused his office by dragging the House to disrepute.

Also contributing, Daniel Asuquo (Cross-River- PDP) suggested that Agbonayinma be given the same treatment as former chairman of the appropriations committee, who just resumed from suspension.

He said, “He should be suspended just like one of our member who just returned from sabbatical.”

Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, ruling on the matter, said the National Assembly had followed the same procedures in amending the electoral act over the years, even before Agbonayinma became a legislator and saw no reason he would allege that due process was not followed.

Dogara added, “I don’t think he can school us on parliamentary procedures.”

The matter was referred to the committee on ethics and privileges to investigate and ascertain whether the allegations were true or not.

If successful, Agbonayinma will be the second member to be suspended by the House since 2015.

The first was Abdulmumin Jibrin who was suspended for exposing alleged budget padding scandal in the house

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