In Imo, five lawmakers suspended by the Imo State House of Assembly have been recalled. However in Ekiti, a PDP lawmaker was suspended for interrupting the speaker.
The recalled Imo lawmakers are Chiji Collins (Isiala Mbano), Uche Oguwuike (Ikeduru), Ifeanyi Nnataraonye (Mbaitoli), Donatus Onuigwe (Oru West), and Kenna Nzeruo (Oru West).
Backstory: The five lawmakers were suspended in October 2018 by their colleagues over alleged “unparliamentary” conduct. They however said their suspension was to facilitate the impeachment of the state’s deputy governor, Eze Madumere, who was in a political battle with Gov. Rochas Okorocha.
- The indefinite suspension was strange because the speaker, Acho Ihim, did not even give details on what was “unparliamentary” about the conduct of the lawmakers.
Meanwhile in Ekiti: The state assembly on Tuesday suspended a former Deputy Speaker and Peoples Democratic Party member, Segun Adewumi (Ekiti West Constituency 1) for six weeks.
- He was accused of unduly interrupting the speaker, Adeniran Alagbada.
- Adewunmi and Alagbada exchanged words during plenary. The Speaker subsequently banned Adewunmi in accordance with Section 17 of the House Standing Order.
- “I am still the presiding officer of this House and it constitutes an infraction for any member to interrupt me when I preside, except you have an observation to make,” the Speaker said.
- The suspension was only a partial one however. Adewunmi would be prevented from participating in plenary but could be involved in off-plenary activities.
- Member who spoke supported the Speaker, saying his ruling was in line with the standing orders of the assembly.