A suspended member of Imo State House of Assembly, Philip Ejiogu has expressed shock over his suspension alongside five others by the speaker, Paul Emeziem on Thursday.
Ejiogu said his case is akin to a student who was absent from school but surprisingly was listed among noisemakers.
The lawmaker who is representing Owerri North Constituency disclosed that he traveled to Abuja on Wednesday, July 7 shortly after the speaker had adjourned the House to July 14.
He said he is still in Abuja only to hear that the House held an emergency sitting on Thursday, July 8 during which the speaker announced his suspension.
Speaking on a phone-in programme on Ozisa 96.1FM, Owerri on Friday, July 9, Ejiogu said the speaker was yet to tell him his offence that warranted his suspension.
He said; “I m like a student who didn’t go to school and his name was included in the list of noisemakers. I traveled to Abuja shortly after the House was adjourned on Wednesday till July 14.
“I’m still in Abuja only to hear that I have been suspended. Let the speaker tell me what I have done wrong to warrant my suspension. I have called the speaker, his deputy and some others but none picked my call.
“Perhaps, those behind it do not know it’s not just me they have suspended. They have suspended the good people of Owerri North Constituency who I represent and who gave me the mandate.”
The lawmaker insisted that his suspension was null and void since due process was not followed.
He reasoned that his insistence on the House leadership helping to ensure members executed their constituency projects triggered the suspension.
Earlier, the member representing Ideato South Constituency, Johnson Duru justified the suspension on the ground that the affected lawmakers were involved in ‘un-parliamentary conducts’.
Duru, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Information declined offering explanation on what constituted ‘un-parliamentary conduct’.
According to him, the affected lawmakers would be told the reason for their suspension during their interface with the Disciplinary Committee of the House.
But he vehemently denied that the issue hinged on constituency projects, saying that they could not have been suspended on this score since other members of the House are also yearning to execute theirs.
Duru also denied the rubber-stamp status slammed on the House, saying that the House cannot be an appendage of the executive
Callers to the programme condemned the suspension and general conduct of the 9th Assembly.
While JP Clarke, who called in from Nekede accused the House of being a rubber-stamp to the executive, saying many Imolites are simply waiting for their exit.
Onyejiahu demanded that the shooting incident at the House on July 8 be probed to unravel who invited ‘unknown gunmen’ to the House