Ekiti Assembly suspends member for 101 days

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended the lawmaker representing Ekiti-East Constituency 1, Fajana Ojo-Ade, for 101 legislative days without pay, except he shows signs of genuine remorse.

Ojo-Ade, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was barred within one-kilometre radius of the Assembly complex.

He was also asked to submit all properties of Ekiti State House of Assembly in his possession to the clerk.

Chairman, House Committee on Information, Dr. Samuel Omotoso, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

Omotoso said the suspension followed the report of a disciplinary committee set up by the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, to investigate Ojo-Ade.

Omotoso said Ojo-Ade appeared twice at the sitting of the disciplinary committee, where he defended himself on allegations of “gross misconduct, financial impropriety, failed attempt at removing the Speaker, violence, physical attack on members, and for bringing the name of the House to serious disregard and disrepute”.

“Whereas Fajana Ojo-Ade, a member of the fifth Assembly representing Ekiti-East 1, having been found guilty of gross misconduct against the Ekiti State House of Assembly, hereby committed an offence by breaching the extant rules and standing orders of this honourable House”.

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.

The Assembly, in October last year, 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.

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