Gunmen on Monday stormed the Bayelsa state House of Assembly complex following an attempt to Impeach the Speaker, Mr. Tonye Isenah.
Trouble allegedly began when some members of the Assembly initiated impeachment proceedings against Isenah who is expected to resign today to pave way for Mr. Monday Obolo representing the Southern Ijaw Constituency 2 refused to resign. The Gunmen who stormed the Assembly, shot sporadically into the air before they violently took the mace and fled. The Members undeterred, went ahead to impeach the speaker and elected Obolo as his successor.
Reacting to the incident, the media aide to Isenah, Mr. Ranami Afagha condemned the action of the lawmakers and maintained that the impeached will not stand since it’s unconstitutional and in violation of the House’s standing rules.
He said, “Those who don’t want peace said they removed speaker without the presence of the mace. The mace was taken away so any activity done without the mace is illegal. So, my boss still remains the Speaker.”
Security personnel have taken over the Assembly premises at the time of filing this report.
Isenah has been pressurized to resign by leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the emergence of Mr. David Lyon as the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer for the November 16 gubernatorial election. Lyon hails from Southern Ijaw local government. According to permutations of the PDP, ceding the speakership to the local government will whittle down the APC’s candidate influence in the area.