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Kogi Assembly okays removal of SIEC member over partisanship

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Kogi State House of Assembly has recommended the removal of Emmanuel Funsho as permanent member of the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission, (SIEC), based on the findings of the committee, which confirmed the allegations against him.

Presenting the report of the committees, Chairman, House Committee on Public Petition and Human Rights, Musa Attajachi, said Olorunfemi did not respect the oath he took, decided to veer off his core mandate and registered as a member of a political party, against the law that established the commission.

The committee also noted that the illegal participation of Olorunfemi in political activities in Kabba/Bunu Local Council and Otu Ward resulted in chaotic situations in the area.

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Most of the members spoke in support of the committee’s recommendations to relieve the SIEC member of his office since he lacked the integrity to hold such an exalted position.

While giving his ruling, the Speaker, Matthew Kolawole, said the committee discovered that the SIEC member committed gross misconduct, noting that Section 200 (1) and (2) of the Nigerian Constitution and Section 5 (1) of the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission law empowered the House of Assembly to carry out the assignment.

According to him, it is unimaginable for an official to be screened in the assembly and afterwards, he or she goes out to contravene the laws.

Also, Olorunfemi had been suspended as the executive chairman of Kabba/Bunu by the legislative council of the local council for gross misconduct in 2014.

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