JUST IN: Three Lawmakers Suspended, One Seat Declared Vacant (Details)
The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Kennedy Ibeh, has declared vacant the position of the member representing Ngor Okpala state constituency, Tochi Okere.
The speaker asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a bye-election to elect a new representative for the state constituency.
The speaker also suspended three lawmakers, citing dereliction of duty as the reason.
Authur Eguim (Ideato North), Ngozi Obiefule,(Isu), and Obinna Okwara(Nkwerre) were the suspended lawmakers.
At a plenary on Thursday, the speaker said that the sacking of the Ngor Okpala representative was inline with the house rules and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said that Okere had not attended plenaries up to one- third since he was inaugurated as a lawmaker in 2019.
Ibeh disclosed that the house register indicated that the sacked lawmaker only attended plenaries 29 times in 2019, 14 times in 2020 and had not attended any plenary in 2021.
The speaker also revealed that the parliament had received two petitions from Ngor Okpala, urging the Assembly to declare the seat vacant on the basis of non performance.
He also said that the three suspended lawmakers failed to attend legislative activities on 2022 budget proposals as submitted to the Assembly by the state governor, Hope Uzodinma.