The House of Representatives on Wednesday moved against one of its members, Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-APC) over his comments on the amendment of the electoral act.
Mr. Agbonayinma had in an interview he granted to Channels Television said the National Assembly did not follow due process in the controversial amendments.
Moving a point of order, Awaji Abiante drew the attention of the House to the comments made by his colleague.
He said Mr. Agbonayinma abused his office by dragging the house to disrepute.
Contributing on the matter, Daniel Asuquo (Cross-River- PDP) suggested that Mr. Agbonayinma be given the same treatment as former chairman of the appropriations committee who just resumed from suspension. “He should be suspended just like one of our member who just returned from sabbatical.
Another member, Zakari Mohammed, a member of APC, also supported the motion.
He said a decision taken by the house is binding on all of its members, whether present or absent.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, said the National Assembly had followed the same procedures in amending the electoral act over the years even before Mr. Agbonayinma became a legislator and sees no reason why he would allege that due process was not followed. “I don’t think he can school us on parliamentary procedures.
The matter was referred to the committee on ethics and privileges to investigate and ascertain whether the allegations were true or not.
If successful, Mr. Agbonayinma will be the second member to be suspended by the House since 2015 after Abdulmumin Jibrin from Kano state.