- Toney Isenah has tendered his resignation letter as the speaker of Bayelsa state House of Assembly
- Isenah had earlier been impeached under controversial circumstances but he rejected the alleged impeachment
- However, days after rejecting the impeachment, Isenah made a u-turn and said he had decided to resign for peace to rein
I have resigned for the greater good of Bayelsa state and for peace to reign, says Toney Isenah, the former speaker of the state House of Assembly who was impeached and replaced under controversial circumstances on Monday, September 30.
A week after the controversial impeachment, Isenah tendered his resignation letter as the ‘speaker’ of the assembly, a move indicating that he did not believe he had been earlier impeached.
However, despite turning in his resignation letter on Monday, October 7, Isenah backdated the letter to September 30, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng notes that the former speaker was a victim of political strategies and intrigues played up by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a move to win the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The party wanted Isenah to resign because he is from Kolokuma-Opokuma local government area, the same LGA the party’s governorship flagbearer, Douye Diri, comes from.
He said based on the principles of the federal character, he would resign his position as speaker if the party’s governorship candidate, with whom he shares the same local government, wins and is sworn in.
Isenah added that at no point in time did he enter into any agreement to resign if Diri wins the PDP governorship primary.
He explained that he being the speaker could not jeopardise the chances of Diri winning the election.
“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 told Channels TV.
But the party wanted him to resign before the election, a move that is believed to be part of the party’s campaign strategy to woo the people of the local government where a new speaker will emerge from.
As the party has now had its way, Isenah has been successfully replaced with Monday Bubou-Obolo who is representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2 at the state assembly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Ranami Afagha who is the media aide to Isenah, the former speaker, said the controversial 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.
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