Delta Assembly Suspends Former Speaker Over Embezzlement

Delta State House of Assembly has slammed its former speaker, Monday Igbuya, with three months suspension over alleged financial embezzlement while in office.

During plenary in May 2017, 22 out of the 29 members of the Delta State House of Assembly voted to impeach the speaker, Monday Igbuya and immediately replaced him with the member representing Okpe constituency, Sheriff Oborevwori.

Six months after his impeachment, a committee which was set up during its executive session in October 2017 submitted its report in February 2018.

The motion for the former speaker’s three months suspension under matters of urgent public importance was moved by the House Majority Leader, Tim Owhefere, seconded by member representing Ughelli South, Rueben Izeze and was unanimously adopted by the house during its Thursday plenary presided over by the Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori.

Owhefere said: “You will recall that in our executive session held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, a committee was set up to look into issues relating to financial recklessness on the part of the immediate past speaker and member representing Sapele state constituency, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya. Mr Speaker, the committee did submit its preliminary report to the executive session on the 27th day of February 2018.

“Consequently, Mr Speaker, I move that this House sets up another committee to review the preliminary report of the committee earlier set up and the member representing Sapele State constituency, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya be suspended for a period of three months to enable the new committee carry out unfettered investigation devoid of any interference.”

At this junction, the speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori announced the constitution of a three-man ad hoc committee headed by the Deputy Majority Leader and member representing Bomadi constituency, Oboro Preyor, while the member representing Ndokwa West constituency, Azuka Azaka and the member representing, Ughelli South constituency, Rueben Izeze are members.

The House however said Igbuya’s ksuspension was to enable the ad hoc committee carry out its assignment without interference.

The new three-man adhoc committee is to review a plenary report of an earlier committee set up by the house to investigate the matter and report back to the house with its report on October 9, 2018.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, the impeached Speaker, Monday Igbuya, dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the All Progressives Congress, (APC), where he is currently vying for the Sapele, Okpe and Uvwie federal constituency in the forthcoming 2019 House of Representatives election

Culled from SaharaReporters


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