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Ebonyi Assembly suspends lawmaker

The Ebonyi State House of Assembly, on Friday, suspended indefinitely, the member representing Ebonyi North West Constituency, Hon. Victor Aleke, over alleged misconduct.

Aleke was suspended following a motion of urgent public importance moved by the House leader, Victor Chukwu, and seconded by the member representing Ohaukwu North, Chinedu Awoh.

Chukwu also moved a motion that the executive chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Mr Clement Odah, be suspended alongside the lawmaker.

He said the motion stemmed from the findings of the Ad-hoc Committee set up by the House to investigate the financial activities of Ohaukwu council.

But the motion for the suspension of Odah was stepped down by the Speaker, Francis Nwifuru, who said it would be discussed during the next plenary, while Aleke’s was upheld.

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama as the member representing Ezza South Constituency, Chris Usulor, opposed the Speaker, and requested that there should be a headcount of the lawmakers at the plenary to know those in support or against the suspension of Aleke before he made his ruling.

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But Nwifuru quickly said his request was against the House rule.

Aleke was not present in the chamber when his suspension took place on Friday.

On whether the suspension of Aleke had any connection with his alleged refusal to join Governor Umahi to All Progressives Congress, the chairman House Committee on Information and member representing Ishielu South, Hon Arinze Chukwu-Lucas, said it had nothing to do with defection.

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