- Lawmakers in the Bayelsa state House of Assembly have elected new principal leaders
- Abraham Ingobere, a PDP legislator, is now the speaker of the house while Micheal Ogbere is the new deputy speaker
- The development follows the emergence of a new state governor and the need to restructure the state's political leadership to align with the people's interest
As the Peoples Democratic Party reclaims Bayelsa state, the state House of Assembly has restructured its leadership to align with the political interests in the state.
Abraham Ingobere of the PDP has been elected the new speaker while Micheal Ogbere is the new deputy speaker, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Monday Obolo who is the immediate past speaker is now the majority leader of the House.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Timipre Sylva, the minister of state for petroleum, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) will restore its mandate in the Bayelsa governorship election following the Supreme Court judgment that sacked David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state.
The minister in a statement on Sunday, February 16, said the legal team of the APC will explore all options available to the party to restore its mandate.
He urged the people of the state to remain calm and advised them to refrain from taking laws in their hands.
The minister who is the leader of the APC in Bayelsa also apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for disruption in his schedule following cancellation of the inauguration ceremony David Lyon.
Also, hours after making moves to heal the Bayelsa PDP, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state has called on Sylva and the APC governorship candidate to support his administration.
Diri made this known during a thanksgiving service on Sunday, February 16. The newly sworn-in governor while calling on other opposition parties to support him promised to run an all-inclusive government.
Governor Diri noted that he needs the support and cooperation of all leaders of the state, as his major priority is to bring development to every part of Bayelsa state.
In a related report, the APC has insisted that Diri did not have the constitutional requirements to be declared the state's governor.
In an appeal letter sent to INEC, the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said his party affirmed the supremacy of the apex court's judgement but insisted Diri did not meet the requirement the court stated.
However, Jonathan Vatsa, an APC chieftain in Niger state, said the party should blame itself for what happened in Bayelsa state.
Vatsa defended INEC and the Supreme Court, saying that the APC should blame itself what happened.
“The APC is the architect of its present predicaments if the truth must be told and the consequences must be dammed. You can only reap what you planted,” said Vatsa.
The APC chieftain said Oshiomhole and other party leaders have explanations to offer regarding how the deputy-governor elected passed through the party's screening and got cleared.
Vatsa noted that APC is embroiled in crisis in almost every part of the country, lamenting that the party may not survive after President Muhammadu Buhari.
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