Drama as ‘impeached’ Bayelsa speaker resigns

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In a dramatic twist, the embattled former Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Tonye Isenah, has forwarded a formal letter of resignation to the House.

Isenah’s letter was read on the floor of the House by his successor, Bubou-Obolo on Monday during plenary in the Assembly Complex, Yenagoa.

It would be recalled that Isenah was impeached on September 30, 2019 by 17 out of the 18 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers of the 24-member Assembly following his refusal to resign and in his place, Bubou-Obolo, who represents Southern Ijaw 2, was elected speaker.

Curiously, the former speaker’s resignation letter was dated September 30, the day he was removed by the lawmakers.

Isenah, who represents Kolokuma/ Opokuma Constituency 1 on the platform of the PDP, expressed gratitude to the state government and members of the public for the support they accorded him while in office.

He said the resignation became “necessary for peace to reign and for the greater good of the state.”

The Majority Leader and House Committee Chairman on Information, Mr. Bernard Kenebai (Sagbama 2), moved the motion for Isenah’s letter to be accepted and adopted as a working document of the House and was seconded by Mitema Obordor (Ogbia 1).

He relied on Order 1 sub-section 2 of the House standing rules which empowers the Assembly to regulate its proceedings through motions.

Speaking after the adoption of the letter, the Speaker thanked members for their understanding, noting that they had once again demonstrated that they could subordinate their personal interests to the interest of the state.

In an interview after plenary, Kenebai, who is a retired colonel of the Nigerian Army, explained that the acceptance and adoption of the former speaker’s resignation letter had taken precedence over his impeachment.

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