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Ekiti Assembly suspends another lawmaker for 101 legislative days

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended the lawmaker representing Ekiti-East Constituency 1, Fajana Ojo-Ade, for 101 legislative days.

The suspension is without pay in the first instance, except he shows signs of genuine remorse.

The lawmaker was also barred within one-kilometre radius of the Assembly complex and asked to submit all properties of Ekiti State House of Assembly in his possession to the clerk.

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Dr. Samuel Omotoso, in a press release on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, said the suspension came into force after the disciplinary committee set up by the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, to investigate Ojo-Ade submitted its report at the plenary.

Ojo-Ade, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker, was accused of gross misconduct, financial impropriety, failed attempt at removing the Speaker, violence, physical attack on members, and  bringing the name of the House to serious disregard and disrepute.

It would be recalled that in October 2016, the Assembly suspended the lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 1, Mr. Gboyega Aribisogan, for 180 legislative days.

Aribisogan recently defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress(APC).

Omotoso said Ojo-Ade appeared twice at the sitting of the disciplinary committee in the last two weeks, where he defended himself on the allegations.

According to him, the plenary approved the recommendations of the disciplinary committee that Ojo-Ade should write a letter of apology through the Speaker to the House.

Omotoso stated that the Assembly, as a product of the rule of law, would, at all times, frown upon any form of inappropriate behaviour by any member, “to preserve the sanctity and the integrity of the institution for posterity.”

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