Benue Assembly suspends member over plot to impeach speaker
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.”