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Delta Assembly in Turmoil: Omonade Suspension Linked to Plagiarism Claim

The Delta State Assembly has suspended Matthew Omonade, the Member representing Ughelli North 1 Constituency, amid allegations of plagiarism. Instead of citing “gross misconduct” as the reason for the suspension, investigations have revealed a different perspective on the situation, suggesting that Omonade may have valid concerns.

According to reports, Omonade claims that a Bill he sponsored was plagiarized and presented as an Executive Bill without his consent, which he views as intellectual theft. He alleges that he submitted a Bill concerning the generation and distribution of electricity in Delta State to the Speaker for inclusion in the legislative agenda, but it was not listed for discussion. Subsequently, the same Bill appeared on the House floor as an Executive Bill, without Omonade’s name.

Omonade’s protest against this perceived infringement led to his suspension, although the House maintains that it was due to gross misconduct. A five-man panel has been constituted to further investigate the matter.

In response to inquiries about the suspension, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker confirmed the establishment of an ad-hoc committee to investigate the issue but declined to provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

The suspension of Matthew Omonade, who also is the chairman of the House Committee on Public Petitions has sparked controversy within the Delta State Assembly, prompting discussions about legislative ethics, accountability, and the treatment of lawmakers’ intellectual property. As the investigation unfolds, stakeholders eagerly await the outcome of the committee’s findings, hoping for a fair resolution that upholds the integrity of the legislative process.

Recall, that the Delta State House of Assembly, in its sitting on Tuesday, May 15, took a decisive step by issuing a suspension order against Hon. Matthew Omonade, the member representing Ughelli North 1 State Constituency, for alleged gross misconduct.

The suspension order, officially declared by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor followed a motion raised on the floor of the House by the Majority Leader, Hon. Emeka Nwaobi of Aniocha North. The motion, which was supported by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Perkins Umukoro of Sapele, was unanimously adopted by the House.

The motion, titled “MOTION OF BREACH OF PRIVILEGE,” cited the violation of Order VI Rule 19(1) of the Standing Orders of the House, as well as the House of Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Law, Cap H6, Laws of Delta State, 2008. It accused Hon. Omonade of willfully and falsely perverting the proceedings of the House on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

In response to the motion, the House resolved to suspend Hon. Omonade from the service of the House for 14 legislative days due to his gross misconduct. Additionally, he was instructed to hand over all government properties in his possession to the management of the House.

Furthermore, an Ad-hoc Committee was constituted to investigate the alleged misconduct. The committee, chaired by the Majority Leader, Hon. Emeka Nwaobi, includes other members such as the Chief Whip, Perkins Umukoro, the Deputy Chief Whip, Fred Martins, Minority Whip, Alapala Ebitonmo, and the member representing Ika North East, Marylyn Okowa-Daramola. Mr. DS Olorogun, the Deputy Clerk, Legislative, serves as the Secretary of the Committee.

The Speaker directed the Sergeant-at-Arms to escort Hon. Omonade out of the Hallowed Chamber in accordance with the provisions of the House of Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Law, Cap H6, Laws of Delta State, 2008 and the Standing Orders of the House

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