Benue As­sem­bly sus­pends mem­ber over plot to im­peach speaker

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Kyenge and 14 other PDP mem­bers in­sisted that the speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, and other prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers should re­sign from their po­si­tion for “des­e­crat­ing and bring­ing shame” upon the As­sem­bly, fol­low­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Eco­nomic Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) for al­leged fraud.

But, the House, dur­ing yes­ter­day’s ple­nary ses­sion, slammed sus­pen­sion on Kyenge, cit­ing his “un­ruly be­hav­iour and dish­ing out false­hood against the lead­er­ship of the As­sem­bly with the in­ten­tion to tar­nish the im­age of the en­tire As­sem­bly.”

The sus­pen­sion fol­lowed a mo­tion moved by Ben­jamin Adanyi, the House’s ma­jor­ity leader, which drew the at­ten­tion of the House to me­dia re­ports, cred­ited to Kyenge, al­leg­ing that the lead­er­ship of the House mis­ap­pro­pri­ated huge sums of money meant for the pur­chase of law­mak­ers’ ve­hi­cles.

Re­act­ing to the sus­pen­sion, Audu Sule, the mi­nor­ity leader, said that Kyenge was not given a fair hear­ing and that the stand­ing rule of the House, which pro­vides for only 14day sus­pen­sion for mem­bers, was breached.

He said: “The sus­pen­sion is null and void. That ac­tion would not be re­spected by any­body.”

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