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Delta lawmaker suspended over ‘gross misconduct’

Matthew Omonade, the member representing Ughelli North 1 state constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, has been suspended for a period of 14-day alleged gross misconduct.

Speaker Emomotimi Guwor pronounced the suspension order following a motion raised on Tuesday, May 14 by the majority leader, Emeka Nwaobi.

In the motion which was supported by the House Chief Whip, Perkins Umukoro, and unanimously adopted by the House, the suspended lawmaker was alleged to have “willfully and falsely perverted the proceedings of the House of Wednesday, May 8, 2024”.

This, according to the majority leader, violates the standing order and rules of the House, hence, the need for the suspension.

The motion entitled “Motion of breach of privilege”, reads, “Whereas, Order V1 Rule 19(1) of the Standing Orders of the House provides for the rights enjoyed by the House collectively and by Members of the House individually as conferred by the House of Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Law, CapH6, Laws of Delta State, 2008; and

“Whereas, It is an offence under the House of Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Law, Cap H6 Laws of Delta State, 2008 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; and

“Whereas, it is an offence for any person to publish any defamatory statement reflecting on the proceedings or character of the House; and

“Whereas, The Honourable member representing Ughelli North 1 State Constituency, wilfully and falsely perverted the proceedings of the House of Wednesday, 8th May, 2024.”

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