The member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, Hon. Uko Nkole has requested a public apology and retraction from Sen. Smart Adeyemi of Kogi state, for the uncomplimentary statement he made on the floor of the senate against the person of the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.
Nkole, in a Press Statement made available to Nigeria Pilot today, said if Adeyemi fails to apologise or retract the insult “the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the 9th National Assembly should as a matter of urgent public importance and for the purposes of preservation of the sanctity, integrity and pro-masses stand of the parliament, call for a joint sitting of the Ethics and Privileges Committee of both chambers of the National Assembly to investigate the matter within 2 weeks to enable Senator Smart Adeyemi to substantiate his claims against the Governor of Abia State.”
Read the Full statement below:
It was with horror, disbelief and disappointment that I read comments attributed to the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Smart Adeyemi on the floor of the Senate during the plenary on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
Senator Adeyemi made uncomplimentary and unparliamentary submissions that breach our rules against the leader and the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu in the hallowed chamber of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senator Adeyemi, during the senate plenary session of Tuesday 23rd February 2021 described Governor Ikpeazu as a “DRUNKARD”.
As a serving Member of the National Assembly from Abia State, I have gone through all our Parliamentary Rule Books and I cannot find any rule that permits Senator Adeyemi to use the hallowed Chambers of the National Assembly to, in such brazen manner, propagate hate speech on persons no matter how lowly or highly placed in the society.
It is trite that one of the cardinal functions of the parliament is to defend and uphold the integrity and rights of every law-abiding citizen.
I must quickly remind Senator Smart that no court of law has convicted nor fined Governor Okezie Ikpeazu over drunkenness. Neither has the Abia State House Of Assembly, the body with statutory oversight over Governor Ikpeazu, at any point in time, found him to be a drunk that ordinarily would have necessitated such undistinguished vituperation by Senator Adeyemi.
Governor Ikpeazu was never the subject of the motion being debated and by no stretch should his name have come up negatively in the course of Senator Adeyemi’s contribution.
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