Popular Delta APC Lawmaker Suspended for 14 Days 

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The Delta State House of Assembly has suspended one of its members, Matthew Omonade, representing Ughelli North 1 state constituency, for 14 days over alleged gross misconduct. The suspension was announced by the Speaker, Emomotimi Guwor, on Tuesday, May 14, following a motion raised by the majority leader, Emeka Nwaobi.

According to the motion, which was supported by the House Chief Whip, Perkins Umukoro, and unanimously adopted by the House, Omonade was accused of “willfully and falsely perverting the proceedings of the House” on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. This, the majority leader claimed, violates the standing orders and rules of the House, hence the need for the suspension.

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The motion, entitled “Motion of breach of privilege,” cited the House of Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Law, Cap H6, Laws of Delta State, 2008, which provides for the rights enjoyed by the House collectively and by members individually. It also stated that it is an offense for any person to willfully publish any false or perverted report of any debate or proceedings of the House or a committee, or willfully misrepresent any speech made by a member in the House or in a committee.

Omonade’s suspension has sparked debate among political observers, who see it as a move to maintain discipline and order in the House.

However, others have expressed concern over the fairness and justness of the suspension, calling for a more thorough investigation into the allegations before such a drastic measure is taken.

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According the speaker, 14-day suspension is a warning to other lawmakers to adhere to the rules and standing orders of the House, and to maintain the dignity and integrity of the legislative arm of government.

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