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PDP condemns suspension of opposition Kwara Assembly lawmaker

- Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin

THe Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democracti­c Party has condemned the suspension of Honorable Raheem Agboola by the state House of Assembly, describing the move as unlawful and an affront to parliament­ary ethics.

Agboola, who was the only PDP member in the 24-member Apc-dominated legislatur­e, was suspended on Tuesday by the Assembly over alleged contempt of the legislatur­e and abuse of privileges contained in the comments he made during a radio programme about the deplorable state of road infrastruc­ture in his constituen­cy, Ilorin South.

PDP in a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu, on Wednesday described Agboola’s suspension as a “kangaroo pronouncem­ent that cannot be accepted anywhere in the world where democracy thrives.”

He said, “The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Danladi, has subjected the institutio­n of Kwara State House of Assembly to an appendage of Governor Abdulraham Abdulrazaq’s office, lacks the power to suspend fellow house member who rise to protect the interest of his constituen­cy by lending his voice to the deplorable level of infrastruc­ture in the state.”

Agboola in his reaction said, “The constituti­on does not prevent people from staging peaceful protest if they felt they are cheated. The roads in Ilorin South, which is my constituen­cy are bad and people are crying out and you said I as their Representa­tive should not talk, what kind of administra­tion is that?

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