Governor Dickson, Speaker get knock

Governor Dickson, Speaker get knock

- Governor Dickson and Kombowei Benson allegedly refused to swear in lawmakers elected on the platform of the opposition parties

- The PDP dominated parliament reportedly administered oath of office to their members and excluded the other lawmakers who are members of the opposition party

- A group, Bayelsa First Initiative (BFI) has written a protest letter to the leadership of the National Assembly and the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), demanding an end to the impunity happening in Bayelsa state

Governor Dickson, Speaker get knock
Governor Seriake Dickson is accused of treating workers and lawmakers badly

Governor Seriake Dickson and Bayelsa state House of Assembly Speaker, Kombowei Benson have been accused of not taking lawmakers, workers plight seriously.

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The Nation reports that a group of former elected and appointed political office holders known as Bayelsa First Initiative (BFI) blasted the governor and speaker over failure to swear in the lawmakers elected on the platform of opposition parties

The group which is angry over the alleged maltreatment of the three opposition members also accused the governor of colluding with the leadership of the state’s House of Assembly, led by Benson, to halt the swearing-in of the three lawmakers.

The group gave the names of the affected lawmakers as: Watson Belemote, who was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), representing Brass 2; Gibson Munalayefa of the Labour Party (LP), representing Ogbia 2 as well as Gabriel Ogbara of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ogbia 3.

The court of appeal, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital gave the lawmakers victory two months ago, but the assembly’s leadership, dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), disregarded them and inaugurated their party members, who won rerun in March.

BFI in a protest letter addressed to the leadership of the National Assembly and the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), called on them to stop the impunity.

The group’s executive director, chief Nathan Egba condemned the “anti-democratic” stance of Dickson and Benson, and stated that the governor’s continued refusal to prevail on the assembly’s leadership to swear in the affected opposition party members indicates danger for the state.

Egba, who further noted that the state was setting a bad precedent for future assembly described the governor’s alleged instruction to his special adviser on treasury matters, Mr Seipulo, to delete over 500 civil servants from government payroll for allegedly supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship, as the worst decision of any governor.

BFI executive director disclosed that the governor’s policies and statements after his controversial re-election was tearing residents apart.

“For instance, do the governor and the Assembly leadership think the people of Brass 2 as well as Ogbia 2 and 3 will be happy with the administration for shutting them out of the legislative process for almost a year?

“We call on rulers, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations, lawyers, particularly the AGF, and that of Bayelsa State as well as the leadership of the National Assembly, to prevail on Governor Dickson and the leadership of the House of Assembly to do the right thing,” Egba said.

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Meanwhile, Dickson has urged Ijaw people to pray to God to give them another leader like the late former governor chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was laid to rest on April 9 in his hometown of Amassoma. Dickson gave the advice at St. Peters anglican church in Yenagoa on Sunday, April 10 during the thanksgiving ceremony of the late former governor.


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