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Bayelsa Speaker Resigns Days After Rejecting Impeachment

Published by Nairaland on Sat, 12 Oct 2019

The former speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Toney Isenah, on Monday made a U-turn, and tendered his resignation letter as the speaker of the assembly, seven days after he was controversially removed by the lawmakers.<br><br>Mr Isenah was replaced on September 30 with a lawmaker representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2, Monday Bubou-Obolo.<br><br>But he rejected his impeachment as illegal and said he remained the speaker of the assembly.<br><br>Mr Isenahs resignation letter, which was backdated to September 30, was read during plenary on Monday.<br><br>My resignation was for the peace and the greater good of Bayelsa state, the former speaker told the House.<br><br>Mr Bubou-Obolo presided over the plenary.<br><br>Aotendeike Boloigha, the media aide to the former speaker, confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES, Wednesday night.<br><br>Mr Isenah, who is from the same Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area as Douye Diri, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been under pressure to resign.<br><br>But he had continuously resisted such pressure.<br><br>I have not committed any crime. If I am supposed to resign, I know that, maybe, based on federal character principle, if my local government area produces the governor and when he is sworn in, ordinarily I was to leave, Mr Isenah said in an interview he granted Channels television, a few hours after his reported impeachment.<br><br>Its not as if there is any law that the two cant come from the same place. We should be talking about good governance. I am the speaker of the state and not the speaker of any group.<br><br>Mr Isenah told Channels that he did not enter into any agreement to resign if Mr Diri wins the PDP governorship primary.<br><br>The former speaker said Mr Diri can still win the general election, even with himself remaining in office as the speaker.<br><br>Why is it that I am now the sacrificial lamb' Why are they making it look like I am against Kolokuma-Opokuma producing the next governor' That is not right, he said.<br><a href="https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/south-south-regional/356935-bayelsa-speaker-resigns-days-after-rejecting-impeachment.html/amp/">https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/south-south-regional/356935-bayelsa-speaker-resigns-days-after-rejecting-impeachment.html/amp/</a>
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