Delta Assembly Slams 14-Day Suspension On Member


The Delta State House of Assembly on Tuesday ordered a 14-day suspension on the member representing Ughelli North 1 state constituency, Hon Matthew Omonade for alleged gross misconduct.

The order, which was officially pronounced by the Speaker, Hon Emomotimi Guwor was preceded by a motion raised on the floor of the House by the Majority Leader, Hon Emeka Nwaobi, Aniocha North.

In the motion which was supported by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Perkins Umukoro, Sapele State Constituency, and unanimously adopted by the House, alleged that the suspended lawmaker 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: Following the unanimous adoption of the motion, the Speaker pronounced a suspension order on the lawmaker spanning 14 legislative days.

“Distinguished colleagues, the Honourable Member representing Ugheli North 1 State Constituency is hereby suspended by this Honourable House for 14 legislative days.

“By the provisions of the House of Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Law, Cap H6 Laws of Delta State, 2008 and the Standing Orders of the House, the Honourable Member representing Ughelli North 1 State constituency shall forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the House for the period of the suspension.

“The Honourable Member representing Ughelli North 1 State Constituency, should immediately return to the management, all government properties in his possession including the official vehicle.”

The Speaker then directed the Sergeant-at–Arms to escort the member from out of the hallowed Chamber.

He further announced a five-man Ad-hoc committee to investigate the alleged gross misconduct with the Majority Leader, Emeka Nwaobi as Chairman.

Other members of the ad hoc committee include the Chief Whip, Perkins Umukoro; the Deputy Chief Whip, Fred Martins; Minority Whip, Alapala Ebitonmo and the member representing Ika North East, Marylyn Okowa-Daramola, while the Deputy Clerk, Legislative, Mr D.S. Olorogun is to serve as Secretary of the Committee.

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