For suspending him over the movement of a motion to impeach the speaker over alleged fraud, member representing Logo State Constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Kester Terna Kyenge (PDP), has faulted the action of the Assembly, saying he will challenge it in court.
Kyenge stated this yesterday in Abuja while reacting to the purported five-month suspension slammed on him by the Assembly.
The Assembly led by Speaker Terkimbi Ikyange had on Thursday, suspended Kyenge over alleged unruly behaviour and dishing out of falsehood against the leadership of the House, as well as calling for the impeachment of the speaker.
However, Kyenge noted that the treatment meted out on him was outrightly unfair because he did not behave in an unruly manner, describing the action of the House as grossly incompetent. He insisted that he would seek legal redress on the matter.
According to him, the move to stop him from discharging his constitutional responsibility as an elected representative of his people stems from the fact that he had queried the way and manner the contract for the purchase of vehicles for members of the Assembly was handled, a contract which he said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is currently investigating.
He stated that there was imperfection in the way and manner the speaker was conducting the affairs of the Assembly, thereby bringing its integrity to question at the court of public opinion.
“The House has been under the investigation of the EFCC for allegations of impropriety over the purchase of vehicles for members. At plenary, I had used Order 8’4a, which gives me the privilage of calling on the speaker to suspend activities and listen to me as I had issues of importance to be addressed. I was over ruled and that was why some members who felt I was wrongly treated rose in my defense to prevail on the speaker that I be allowed to make my case for which I was still denied.
‘‘We, members of the Consensus for Change, addressed the press to air our views for which the public had been calling on members and the leadership of the Assembly to clear the air on the car contract scam which has now become on issue in which the EFCC is investigating. Issues that border also on N500 million in the speaker’s account, impropriety over the purchase of biometric equipment and the N750 million vehicle contract for members. My suspension is unfair and I will seek legal redress,” Kyenge stated.

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