Hon. Enema Paul, a member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, said that youths no longer have a conscience.
Paul said this while reacting to some allegations leveled against the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Matthew Kolawole, by some aggrieved members.
One of the allegations was that the Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker obtained a loan that runs into millions for his personal use in the name of the Assembly.
He was also accused of recording conversations with fellow lawmakers and relaying the conversations to the Governor, Yahaya Bello.
But Paul, who was featured on Channels Television on Tuesday, insisted that Speaker did not obtain such loans in the name of the assembly.
According to him, “The speaker did not obtain any loan privately in the name of the Kogi State House of Assembly. I said no. I would have loved to see those making these allegations.
“I hate blackmail. I can see that the youths don’t even have conscience again. Will you just for your personal benefit lie against your innocent brother?
“How will Hon. Matthew Kolawole obtain a loan that runs into millions of naira without a resolution from the House to the bank? It’s not possible.
“State House of Assembly is an institution governed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not association where idle minded people just gather to discuss. I challenge them to provide the documents to back up their claims.”
Speaking on the Speaker’s alleged recording of a conversation with fellow lawmakers and using it against them in front of the governor, he said, “I don’t want to speak about. Where did it happen? What did they say?
“The reason for their suspension is gross misconduct. You don’t bring the status of the House of Assembly to disrespect. You don’t bring it to a derogatory level.
“Kogi State House of Assembly is one of the best House of Assemblies…we can’t be silenced by anybody.
“We suspended the Deputy Speaker, the Majority Leader and others because we have the[constitutional powers and the standing order] to do so. We just needed a simple majority and we had that. “