- The Bayelsa state House of Assembly impeached its speaker, Emmanuel Isenah
- One Monday Obolo was elected in the place of the embattled former speaker
- Isenah said his impeachment will not stand as the mace which is the symbol of authority of the assembly was not in place
A member of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2, Monday Obolo, has been elected speaker of the state assembly.
The Nation reports that the election took place on Monday, September 30. This came following the controversial removal of the embattled speaker, Emmanuel Isenah.
Ranami Afagha who is the media aide to Isenah said the impeachment would not stand as the process was against the House rules.
He said the mace of the House was violently taken away by thugs and thus rendered the removal of his boss illegal and unconstitutional.
Afagha said: “Those who don’t want peace said they removed speaker without the presence of the mace. The mace was taken away so any activity done without the mace is illegal. So, my boss still remains the speaker.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that plenary was disrupted at the Bayelsa House of Assembly as sporadic gunshots rented the air when hoodlums invaded the premises.
The violence followed the refusal of Isenah to resign as a result of pressure from the Peoples Democratic Party leadership in the state.
Legit.ng gathers that Isenah was asked to resign because he hails from the same area as the PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Douye Diri.
Isenah insisted that he remains speaker, while he was allegedly impeached by his colleagues on Monday, September 30, following his refusal to resign.
The assembly has been taken over by the security personnel, including officers from the Department of State Services and the police.
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