Ek­iti As­sem­bly Sus­pends Mem­ber for Al­leged Vi­o­lent Con­duct

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Vic­tor Ogunje

For al­legedly con­duct­ing him­self in a vi­o­lent man­ner at ple­nary, among other acts of mis­con­duct, Hon. Sun­day Akin­niyi , who rep­re­sents Ikere con­stituency II in Ek­iti State has been sus­pended by the state House of As­sem­bly.

The law­maker, who is the old­est law­maker, was re­cently im­peached as Chief Whip of the House.

The sus­pen­sion was se­quel to the sub­mis­sion of the re­port of an Ad-hoc dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of the House, headed by Hon. Fa­jemile­hin Ay­o­dele.

Al­le­ga­tions lev­eled against the law­maker in­cluded: vi­o­lent con­duct against other mem­bers, ab­sen­teeism, sleep­ing on duty, gross abuse of of­fice, anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties, and en­gag­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties ca­pa­ble of bring­ing down the dig­nity of the House.

Though, Akin­niyi was said to have been im­peached based on the fore­go­ing al­le­ga­tions, but it was gath­ered that his sus­pen­sion was due to his fra­ter­nity with for­mer Min­is­ter of Works, Prince Dayo Adey­eye.

Fayose was said to have felt be­trayed by Akin­niyi’s sup­port for Adey­eye at the party’s pri­mary against his pre­ferred can­di­date, Prof. Ko­lapo Olu­sola.

Other law­mak­ers al­leged to have sup­ported Adey­eye, like the for­mer Deputy Speaker, Se­gun Adewumi, have been re­moved from their po­si­tions as prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers.

The duo of Adewumi and Akin­niyi were ru­moured to have had the in­ten­tion of for­mally de­fect­ing to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress(APC) yes­ter­day, but later post­poned the ac­tion for undis­closed rea­sons.

In his re­port sub­mit­ted to the as­sem­bly, Fa­jemile­hin dis­closed that all ef­forts geared to­wards get­ting the law­maker to de­fend him­self proved abortive as he re­fused to hon­our the in­vi­ta­tion of the com­mit­tee.

Mem­bers present at ple­nary aligned with the re­port of the com­mit­tee and called for ap­pro­pri­ate dis­ci­plinary mea­sure against the law­maker.

Honourables Temi­tope Fasanmi, Akinl­eye Ekun­dayo, Afo­labi Akanni and the Deputy speaker, Hon An­i­masaun Adesina con­demned the law­maker’s at­ti­tude and de­scribed his re­cent ac­tions as highly un­be­com­ing of an hon­ourable mem­ber.

The Chair­man of the House com­mit­tee on In­for­ma­tion, Hon. Omo­toso Samuel, de­scribed as “un­for­tu­nate the ac­tions of the law­maker but said that any­thing that would bring the House to dis­re­pute should be re­jected by all.

The Speaker of the As­sem­bly, Hon. Kola Oluwa­wole said: “from the sub­mis­sions of mem­bers and the Com­mit­tee , it has been es­tab­lished that Hon Akin­niyi Sun­day had been threat­en­ing the sym­bol of au­thor­ity in the As­sem­bly through his ac­tions”.

“The ac­tions of Hon. Akin­niyi was un­for­tu­nate and it won’t be tol­er­ated”, he added.

The Leader of Busi­ness, Hon. Akinyele Olatunji moved the mo­tion for the in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion of the law­maker and was unan­i­mously ap­proved by mem­bers present at ple­nary.

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