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Bayelsa Constituents Declare Operation No-Third-Term For Lawmakers

  • Written by  John Odhe, Yenagoa
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Bayelsa Constituents Declare Operation No-Third-Term For Lawmakers

Different constituents in Bayelsa state have asked their respective representatives who have served

two tenures in the state house of assembly to give way for others to allow for equity and fairness.

Some constituents have already taken to the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital to establish their grievances.

For instance, a group that branded itself as Concerned People of Sagbama Constituency 1 led a peaceful procession to the Government House in Yenagoa.

Their mission, according to eye witnesses, was to see   Governor Seriake Dickson who is also from that constituency, and plead with him to prevail on their representative, Dr. Pereotubo Akpe to jettison his third term bid.

 The peaceful procession was disrupted by thugs alleged to be loyal to Akpe, thereby preventing them from seeing the governor.

 The people, however, made their point known to security operatives and the general public.

They argued that Ebedebiri, which is the community where Akpe, who is the Majority Leader of the state assembly hails from, had produced a lawmaker in old Rivers state.

An eye witness told TNN that some of the placards  carried by the protesters bore inscriptions such as "no third tenure in Sagbama Constituency 1", "enough for Ebedebiri", it is the turn of Angalabiri" amongst others.

"What is wrong if a people decide to approach their political leaders to reiterate a collective decision in the past that power should rotate among the communities in the constituency?

"If not for political greediness, eight years is enough for anybody to make his/her marks in any political office.

"Among the six communities in Sagbama constituency 1, Ofoni had enjoyed that seat for 4yrs only, Bulou-Orua, eight years. Is eight years also not enough for Ebedebiri community? Let other communities in the constituency also have their fair share". 

They recalled that during the 2015 campaigns for Akpe, Dickson promised the people of Angalabiri that after Akpe's second term, it would be their turn to produce the next assembly member. 

In a similar development, we gathered that the people of constituency 1 in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government are also piling pressures on their representative in the state assembly, Tonye Isena to drop his third term agenda.

Isena, who is the Chief Whip of the state assembly, is warming up for yet another shot at the juicy lawmaking business.

Though he is yet to declare his intention to run, political observers say his handwriting is clear on the wall even as different groups from his constituency are said to be set for stiff opposition of his aspiration.

In the same vein, Daniel Igali, representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 111 in the state assembly is being faced with attacks from his constituents who have vowed to stop his fourth appearance in the hallowed chambers of the state assembly.

Some of his constituents have taken to the social media, using their Facebook accounts to castigate the lawmaker, describing his fourth term ambition as inordinate.

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