The immediate past speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly, Hon. Monday Igbuya has been suspended for three months over allegations of financial recklessness during his tenure as speaker.
Although, some free thinkers are claiming that the state executive is behind the former speaker’s travails because of his political inclinations, the state legislature has sustained its resolve to deal with Igbuya.
The Assembly has accordingly, set up a three-member ad hoc committee to review a plenary report of a committee earlier set up by it to investigate the matter during its executive session on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 which was submitted on February 27, 2018.
The suspension is to enable the ad hoc committee to carry out its assignment without interference.
Mr. Igbuya’s suspension came by a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance by the Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere and seconded by the member representing Ughelli South, Hon. Rueben Izeze and unanimously adopted by the house at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.
Moving the motion, 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
1) this House set up another committee to review the preliminary report of the committee earlier set up and
2) 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 “.
The ad hoc committee is headed by the Deputy Majority Leader and member representing Bomadi Constituency, Hon. Oboro Preyor while Hon. Azuka Azaka, Ndokwa West and Hon. Rueben Izeze, Ughelli South Constituency are members.
The committee is to submit the report on October 9, 2018.