June 14, 2021

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Bayelsa Assembly: Impeached Speaker Surrenders?

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Impeached speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr Tonye Isenah appeared to have been boxed into submission by the state governor, Seriake Dickson.
Last week, Isenah was ‘kidnapped’ dressed in shorts and taken to the Government House where the new speaker, Monday Bubou and other officials of the state house of assembly were meeting with Dickson.
It was not immediately clear how Dickson did it, but the picture taken after the meeting showed a confused Isenah in a forced reconciliatory handshake with the new speaker. Dickson was in the middle.
The picture showed Isenah as a conquered person. Isenah himself has refused to take our calls, neither has he responded to text messages.
Immediately after his impeachment, Isenah had boasted that he remained speaker of the assembly. But he has since stopped making public statements. He did not also appear in the House last Friday when the lawmakers met for the first time after he was impeached.
Bubou has clearly taken charge of the House affairs, just the way Dickson wanted it. The House was actually supposed to reconvene last Thursday but journalists who went to the assembly complex at Amarata in Yenagoa, the state capital, to witness the first sitting after the impeachment saga, all waited in vain.
None of the lawmakers showed up at the assembly complex throughout Thursday, prompting pressmen and spectators who sat on the other side of the chamber’s gallery to trickle out one after the other.
A staff of the assembly, who craved anonymity, said “it is clear that the sitting cannot hold again because time has gone far. We were told that there was going to be a sitting today but we don’t know what is happening.”
However, the house later sat on Friday with Bobou presiding. Bubou, who represents Southern Ijaw Constituency 11 in the state assembly, told newsmen after the sitting that there was no division in the house, maintaining that argument and disagreement were bound to occur among lawmakers.

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