Fresh crisis rocks Bayelsa State House of Assembly (BYHA) over speaker-ship as two house members within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged.
The crisis in the 24-member state assembly started when Monday’s incumbent president called the house to order around 10:00 a.m. and permanently postponed the proceedings before thugs suspected of being his followers carted the mace, a symbol of assembly power.
It was learned that Isenah was under intense pressure over a week ago to give way to a fresh management or face impeachment today to resign his stance.
Reports made rounds last week that the embattled speaker Hon. Tonye Isenah, had on Friday afternoon, hinted on his resignation, claiming it was due to pressure mounted on him by some People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders to quit his position ahead of the November 16th governorship election.
It was alleged that, some suspected supporters of Isenah stormed the assembly shortly after proceedings were adjourned, fired warning shots into the air, throwing the whole chamber into a state of confusion before fleeing the legislative chamber with the mace.
As the Deputy Speaker, Hon, ordered reporters out of the chamber shortly after safety staff deployed the assembly to bring the situation under control. Abraham Ingobere, in the lack of the speaker who left with some house members, took over the proceedings.
A motion of impeachment of the speaker was raised by the member representing Sagbama Constituency 2, Hon. Bernard Kenebai, under matter of urgent public importance and was seconded by Hon. Naomi Benjamin Ogoli, a member representing Ogbia Constituency 3.
The petitioner, Hon. Kenebai, alleged that the embattled speaker, Isenah, committed offences ranging from gross misconduct to derogation of duty, and should, therefore, be impeached in accordance to the rules of the house
After hearing the motion of impeachment against the speaker, the house with the approval of the acting speaker, Hon. Ingobere, unanimously agreed and declared that Hon. Isenah is impeached and no longer the speaker of the state assembly.
A movement to nominate Hon subsequently. Monday Obolo to take over Hon instantly. Hon also raised Isenah. Ofoji Ogboko, representing the constituency of Yenagoa 1, who was seconded by Hon. Naomi Benjamin Ogoli, the Ogbia Constituency 3 representative.
In his acceptance speech, Hon. Obolo appreciated the members of the house for finding him worthy, assuring them that he will follow the guidelines of the house in order to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
He said, “I want to appreciate you from the bottom of my heart for this extraordinary favor to an ordinary citizen, for you to have found me worthy at this time of our democracy in the state assembly of Bayelsa.”
Speaking to reporters, Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah, said “I did not go to the House as an impeached Speaker or the one that resigned. I adjourned Sine Die. Anything done without my reconvening the house is illegal. The House is an institution and a different arm of government that should be respected.”
“That House has been adjourned and any member who participated in that illegality called impeachment. Even the Sargent-At-Arms escorted me out and no one can reconvene the house.”
He denied being part of the reported gun battle heard within the State Assembly complex and also denied being part of any agreement with PDP leaders to resign as Speaker after the Party’s Governorship primaries.