By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—A Kogi State high court sitting in Lokoja, yesterday, set aside the suspension of the member representing Igalamela/Odolu constituency in the state House of Assembly, Friday Sanni, and ordered that his entitlements as a member of the House be returned to him.
Justice Henry Olusuyi of the high court, in his judgment, said the suspension of the lawmaker was an act of legislative insolence, which will not be allowed in any competent court of jurisdiction.
The court maintained that the suspension of the first defendant (Sanni) was invalid, illegal and unconstitutional, noting that the claimant had the right to sue the first defendant (state Assembly) as he could only be suspended when found wanting in House Rule 37 to 39, which is not related to the case in view.
However, Justice Olusuyi reserved the right of the House or the party to appoint the principal officers of the Assembly, especially that of the Minority Leader, therefore denying the claimant right to seek relief of judgment as the minority leader.
Meanwhile, counsel to the defendant, Gabriel Saliu, said: “Unlike the blanket argument, that the House has no power to suspend its members, the judgment has clearly shown that the House has the power to issue out suspension within Rule 37-39 of the House Standing Rule.”