Bayelsa Assembly reverses Speaker’s impeachment

Bayelsa Assembly reverses Speaker’s impeachment

Yenagoa – The 16-member Bayelsa State House of Assembly, weekend, indicated its willingness to reverse the impeachment of the Speaker, Mr  Kombowei Benson  and return to status quo, following the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Meantime, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN’s  National Youth Leader, Mr Ebikibina Miriki, has described the impeachment controversy as a huge embarrassment to the people and the legislature in the state.

The decision of the aggrieved Assembly members to reverse themselves on the impeachment of the three months old Speaker, it was learnt, followed a close door meeting between President Jonathan, Governor Seriake Dickson and other leaders of Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

President Jonathan, according to a party source, brokered peace among the aggrieved lawmakers and the Speaker, who was impeached last Monday over allegations of high-handedness and failure to carry members along in the running of the legislature.

Jonathan, who was received by Governor Dickson at the Port-Harcourt International Airport, was immediately flown to his Otuoke hometown in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

Though the President’s visit was private, it was gathered that his intervention may not be unconnected with the under current that led to the impeachment of the Speaker.

Key members of his political group in the state, Green Movement, were alleged to have sponsored the controversial impeachment in protest against the purported influence of his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan in the emergence of the Speaker.

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