Benue assembly slams 5-month suspension on PDP member

BENUE State House of Assembly, on Thursday, slammed five months suspension on the leader of  ‘Consensus for Change,’ group, who are mostly Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the assembly,  Honourable Kester Kyenger,  representing Logo state constituency for gross misconduct.

The suspension came on the heels of the crisis that rocked the assembly on Tuesday, and subsequent call by the group on the Speaker, Honourable Terkimbir Kyanger, to resign.

Majority leader of the assembly, Honourable Benjamin Adayin, had moved a motion backing it with house standing order 10  rule 5 which makes the house to punish any erring member.

Adayin, in his submission, said Kyenger had, at various times, granted interview with media organisations which painted the assembly in a bad light and called on the members to punish him to serve as deterrent to others.

While seconding the motion,  Honourable Adam Okloho, All Progressives Congress (APC) member from Adoka/Ugboju state constituency,  said Kyenger was liable and  must be sanctioned in line with the dictates of the assembly so as to instill discipline.

However, in a counter motion raised by Honourable Lanna Jato of the PDP, Katsina Ala, told the assembly  that the rule was that the matter should be referred to the judiciary, ethics and privilege committee where he would be given fair hearing.

This was supported by Honourable Egli Ahubi PDP representing Otukpo/Apa state constituency, who called on the assembly to toe the right path in line with the rules of the assembly.