Friday, 22 July 2016

Benue Assembly Hands Hon. Kester Kyenge 5 Months Suspension

The crisis rocking the Benue State House of Assembly today deepened as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, Kester Kyenge, was handed a five months suspension.

 Daily Trust reports that the House on Tuesday witnessed a rowdy session following the Speaker's refusal to allow the purportedly suspended member representing Logo State Constituency, to move a motion of Urgent Public Importance.

 Kester and other 14 PDP members had insisted that the Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, and other principal officers should resign their positions for "desecrating and bringing shame" upon the Assembly following allegations of fraud under investigation by Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

 But the House during today's plenary session, slammed suspension on Kyenge for what it described as, "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 was however sequel to a motion moved by the Majority Leader,  Barr. Benjamin Adanyi,  in which he drew the House attention to media reports credited to Kyenge where he alleged that the leadership misappropriated huge sums of monies meant for the purchase of vehicles for the lawmakers.

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

 "Therefore the suspension is null and void. That action would not be respected by anybody," Sule said.

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