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Ekiti Assembly Suspends Former Deputy Speaker Over Plenary Misconduct

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Ekiti State House of Assembly has banned a former Deputy Speaker and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, Hon. Segun Adewumi for six weeks over alleged unwarranted interruption of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adeniran Alagbada.

The Assembly’s action followed verbal exchange between the Speaker and Adewumi at the plenary Tuesday, a development which prompted Mr. Speaker to exercise his powers with which he banned him in accordance with Section 17 of the House Standing Order.

The Speaker declared that by the House’s decision, Adewumi who is representing Ekiti West Constituency 1 would be prevented from participating in any plenary session but could only be involved in off-plenary activities of the House.

“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.

“But with what transpired today, it seems Hon. Adewumi did not make any observation, but only wanted to stall this proceeding and he is hereby banned for six weeks.”

Reports said Alagbada’s colleagues in their submissions, agreed with the action, affirming that the Speaker did not circumvent the Constitution and standing order in arriving at the punitive measure against Adewumi.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has passed a bill to repeal Ekiti State Official Logo Amendment Law No. 28 of 2014; while the bill to re-enact Ekiti State Government Official Logo Law 2011 was passed by the Assembly.

While the House also considered Ekiti State Development and Investment Promotion Agency Bill 2019, the screening and confirmation of some political appointees earlier fixed for the day (Tuesday) was shifted on the request of the Executive.


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