Delta House Suspends Opposition Member Over Alleged Impeachment Attempt

By Jessica Tamaradonye/Asaba

A member of opposition the Democratic People’s Party, DPP, representing Ughelli North Constituency II, Rufus Edoja Akpodiete was on Thursday suspended by the PDP-dominated Delta State House of Assembly for six months over alleged gross conduct and  plotting to remove the leadership.

Deputy Speaker of the House, Basil Ganagana, representing Patani constituency moved the motion to suspend Akpodiete at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Victor Ochei.

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The House unanimously adopted the motion that the opposition member be suspended after former Speaker, Martins Okonta, representing Ika South constituency seconded the motion.

In his submission, Ganagana accused Akpodiete of gross misconduct, claiming that the was plotting to remove the leadership of the House.

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He also alleged that the House had some time ago moved a motion commending the Speaker of the House for providing purposeful leadership but that some members were not comfortable with the motion.

He noted that those who disagreed with the motion of commendation have been making secrete moves to oust the leadership of the House.

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