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APC suspends lawmaker-elect for absenteeism

Osagie Otabor, Bénin

The All Progressives Congress in Okada East local government area of Edo State has suspended Mr. Vincent Uwadiae from the party for his continued absence from sittings at the Edo State House of Assembly.

Uwadiae was elected to represent Ovia North East Constituency II in the Edo State House of Assembly and he is among the 14 lawmakers-elect that refused to present themselves for inauguration.

He has since joined others to remain in Abuja.

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The suspension of Uwadiae was contained in a letter addressed to State Chairman of the APC, Barr. Anselm Ojezua and signed by Chairman of APC in Ovia North East, Chief Etinosa Ighodaro and other party executives.

In the letter, Uwadiae was accused of making the people lose adequate representation during plenary session at the Assembly.

According to the letter, “We reject the continued absence of Mr. Vincent Uwadiae from the Edo State House of Assembly.

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“The refusal of Mr. Vincent Uwadiae to attend the meeting of October 15 to appeal to him and direct him to resume sitting is an expression of intolerance that are contrary to the values that define Ovia people.

“We call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence the process of recall of Mr. Uwadiae as elected members representing Ovia North East.

Last week, the embattled lawmaker was arraigned in absentia on six count charges bothering on forgery and impersonation.

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Justice Oviagele who adjourned the case to November 1 asked the Inspector General of Police to produce Hon Uwadiae.

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