Bayelsa Assembly Speaker Isenah resigns after impeachment

Bayelsa Assembly Speaker Isenah resigns after impeachment

The embattled Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr Tonye Isenah, has finally bowed to pressure, ahead of the November 16th governorship election. He tendered his resignation letter a week following the crisis that engulfed the house spilled, leading to the emergence of two factions within the ruling Peoples Democratic party. In the

The embattled Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr Tonye Isenah, has finally bowed to pressure, ahead of the November 16th governorship election.

He tendered his resignation letter a week following the crisis that engulfed the house spilled, leading to the emergence of two factions within the ruling Peoples Democratic party.

In the letter backdated 30th September 2019, and received by the house on 7th October 2019, Isenah expressed gratitude to the government, members and the general public for the support they accorded him while in office, stressing that the resignation had become necessary for peace to reign.

The development may have laid to rest the controversy surrounding the purported pressure on the Bayelsa Speaker lasted for over two weeks with his initial reluctance to resign as directed by party leaders.

Drawing from Order 1 sub section 2 of the House Standing Orders which empowers the House to regulate its procedures through motions, t

The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Bernard Kenebai who derived his powers from from Order 1 sub section 2 of the House Standing Orders which empowers the House to regulate its procedures through motions, moved the motion for the acceptance and adoption of the letter as a working document of the House.

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His motion was seconded by Hon. Mitema Obordor, member representing Ogbia Constituency 1.

Speaking shortly after the adoption of the letter, the new Speaker, Mr Monday Obolo, thanked members, especially the former Speaker, Mr Isenah for their understanding which was demonstrated that the interest of the state is superior to the interest of any individual.

“We have once again demonstrated that we can subordinate our personal interest to the interest of the state, and that we stand united as a house in spite of minor understandable differences”.

Investigation revealed that Isenah resignation came on the back of a reconciliation meeting with the State Governor, Seriake Dickson and Obolo in Government House, Yenagoa, on Saturday where certain agreements that are yet-to-be made public were reached.

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