There are signals that the speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson may be walking on a tight rope ahead of the 2019 elections. Benson is seeking to have a seat in the House of Representatives under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The speaker had wanted to return to the state house of assembly which would have made it his fourth term, but he met a stiff opposition from the people of Southern Ijaw constituency 4, whom he represents.
The constituents had gone on a street protest both in the constituency and in Yenagoa, the state capital, expressing their rejection of the speaker for a fourth term, sighting high handedness and abysmal representation.
Consequent upon the resistance, the speaker decided to pick his party's form to contest for the federal constituency seat.
Though he beat the incumbent House of Representatives member, Henry Ofongo at the primaries to win the PDP ticket, Benson is said to be at a tight corner.
Some of his kinsmen have argues that, like the proverbial biblical saying, it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle, than for Benson to win the election.
It was gathered that his alleged non performance during his 12 years stay in the state assembly was now working against him in most parts of Southern Ijaw Local Government.
TNN independent findings revealed that majority of the SILGA federal constituents are more comfortable with the candidate of the leading opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress APC.
The APC flagbearer, Mr. Preye Oseke is the Public Relations Officer of Darlon Security outfit, a contracting firm to Nigerian Agip Oil Company.
According to our checks, Oseke is said to be enjoying the support of many of the constituents as a result of his 'goodwill', which, according to them, was lacking on the part of the speaker.
They said Oseke has reached out to many people in the area in terms of rendering help to those in need and had always identified with the youth.
A constituent who spoke to TNN on the condition of anonymity said "in Southern Ijaw, we have grown beyond party politics. Our focus now is on the individuals presented before us and not their political platforms.
“Any politician that has been tried and did not represent us well, will be voted out, his political party notwithstanding. Our concern is no more on the parties but the candidates. That is what will happen in the next election".