Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
The member representing Ihitte-Uboma state constituency of Imo state, Onyemaechi Njoku (APC) on Thursday said that the speaker, Paul Emeziem, had no right to suspend him.
Njoku who spoke to The PUNCH shortly after the speaker announced his suspension and five other lawmakers for what he called unparliamentary conducts, said that he would continue to attend plenaries.
The youthful lawmaker said that there was a supreme court judgment which bared speakers from suspending lawmakers.
He described his suspension as null and void and of no effect.
The lawmaker said ” my take is that, I was not suspended. There was nothing like that. You can’t suspended the good people of Ihitte-Uboma state constituency. It is not inline with the law and moreover there is a supreme court judgment which bared speakers from suspending lawmakers.
” More over, the speaker didn’t put the purported suspension to a voice vote. He read it as an announcement. There is nothing like unparliamentary conducts
. I will continue to represent my people by attending plenaries.
” Also, I am a member of the committee on ethics and privileges of the house and our house says that if there is any misconduct, the matter will be addressed to the committee on Ethics and Privileges who will make a recommendation to the house.
And the house rule says that you can’t suspend any lawmaker more than two weeks. For me, I was not suspended and I will continue to attend plenaries. You can’t suspend my people by suspending me. This is not democracy and it is unknown to law.”