- Speaker of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Friday Konbowei Benson, has accused APC lawmaker, Israel Sunny-Goli, of being behind his CCT trial
- CCT has fixed May 22 for the arraignment of Benson and four others over allegations bordering on abuse of office
- In his reaction, Sunny-Goli described Benson as a serial liar trying to cover up his own abuse of office
Friday Konbowei Benson, the speaker of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly and the only All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmaker in the House, Israel Sunny-Goli, are locked in a war of words over the planned arraignment of Benson by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on May 22.
The Sun reports that the CCT had in a press statement by its head, press and public relations, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, stated that the chairman of CCT, Justice Danladi Umar, had fixed May 22 for the arraignment of Benson and four others over allegations bordering on abuse of office.
Speaking on the development, Benson fingered Sunny-Goli as the brain behind the planned CCT arraignment, adding that he (Sunny-Goli) was the one that petitioned the CCB, claiming that the leadership of the house failed to pay his allowances.
The speaker, who said that Sunny-Goli’s salaries has been paid despite the lawmaker’s absence from official duties and sittings, disclosed that he (Sunny-Goli) was expected to sign and collect allowances like others but failed to do so because of his long absence.
He said: “If there is any display of misconduct and abuse of office, it is Sunny-Goli that is culpable not me. For a whole legislative session, he has only attended two sittings. Such action has denied his constituents inputs in legislative processes and bills passed in the house.
"It is common knowledge that salaries and wages are paid only to those who have performed their duties. Individual members sign for their financial entitlements, and if Sunny-Goli is not able to access his benefits, it is his own fault.”
In swift reaction, Sunny-Goli described Benson as a “serial liar” trying to cover up his own abuse of office. He advised the speaker that, rather than attempt to drag him into his travails, he should concentrate on how to go and defend himself before the CCT.
“The Bayelsa state speaker is a serial liar. I am ashamed that as speaker he could be lying. Nobody signs for money. All the money the leadership of the Assembly refused to pay are paid through the banks to the various lawmakers account. This is what I told the CCB in my petition to investigate, and that is what they have investigated.
"The leadership used the non-payment of these monies as a weapon to coerce opposition members to join the PDP. The monies were paid into lawmakers salaries account. The leadership should present the schedule of payment to the public if it has nothing to hide.
"All the allegations that I do not attend sittings are lies to cover up. He should go and face his trial and explain to CCT. By the time the trial starts, Bayelsans would know the truth and know who is lying," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that hours after the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) recommended the sack of embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, the presidency reacted describing it as an end to impunity.
It was reported that the presidency further said the decision of the CCT was a major victory for the war against corruption as is being fought by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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