Some former members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly have expressed sadness over the death of one of their colleagues, Nestor Binabo, the man who was once an acting governor in the state.
Binabo’s death became public knowledge on Thursday. It is not yet clear what may have led to his death. But his former colleagues, Including Dr Johnson Alalibo, Chief Robert Enogha and Senator Clever Ikisikpo say his passage is a sad event.
Alalibo, for example, in reacting to the news of his death, “if true, itis going to be a sad day for the state, his immediate family, community, friends and associates, most especially the Former Legislators’ Forum in Bayelsa State.”
Binabo was a teacher before getting into politics and served as the acting governor of Bayelsa State from January to February 2012. A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, he also served as speaker and deputy Speaker of the state house of assembly.
He was made acting governor of on 27 January 2012, after Timipre Sylva, along with four other governors nationwide, was removed by the Supreme Court. During his brief tenure as acting governor, he fired several members of Sylva’s cabinet and threatened legal action against Chevron following a high profile oil spill.
He left office on 14 February 2012, and was succeeded by Henry Dickson of the People’s Democratic Party. He subsequently resigned the speakership, citing the fact that both he and Dickson hail from the same senatorial district. He was succeeded by Kombowei Benson.