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Imo Speaker defends suspension of six colleagues

- Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri

THe Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Paul emeziem, has said the decision to suspend six out of the 27 lawmakers was in line with House rules and provisions of the Constituti­on.

emeziem, said this while speaking with journalist­s in Owerri on Sunday.

He explained that due process was followed in the suspension slammed on: Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru, APC), Onyemaechi Njoku ( Ihittiubom­a, APC), Kennedy Ibe (Obowo, APC), Philip ejiogu(pdp, Owerri North), Anyadike Nwosu( ezinihitte Mbaise, PDP) and Dominic ezerioha, ( Oru West, APC).

He said that the House under his leadership has remained resolute to effective service delivery and would not condone any act capable of bringing the legislativ­e arm into disrepute.

emeziem described the suspension of the affected lawmakers as, “soft but adequate disciplina­ry measure against erring members which is enshrined in the rules of the House.”

He said, “It is also our duty to run our affairs in the House of Assembly in such enabling way as to remain in synergy with the other arms of government in order to provide functional environmen­t for the people.

“But in our observatio­ns and assessment, this good relationsh­ip has been, and remained until lately, especially immediatel­y or even within the peak period of the insecurity in the state.

“Also, we have taken time to observe unnecessar­y insinuatio­ns by certain members, abuse on the personalit­ies of fellow colleagues, autocratic demands of rights and privileges without references to the rules. Some members have even derailed from understand­ing the primary aim and objective that brought us in the House.”

He further said, “the leadership therefore, having examined the level tension already generated through the above unparliame­ntary behaviors and actions of certain members, decided to take soft but adequate disciplina­ry measures on them towards reinstatin­g peace and progress in the House.”

“You must be aware that an Appeal Committee headed by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu was set up by the House to entertain any grievance or whatsoever regarding the suspension­s and related matters.”

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