Former Bayelsa Assembly Speaker Resigns One Week After He was Impeached

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A former Speaker of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Tonye Isenah has tendered his resignation letter.

Isenah’s letter which was dated September 30 was read on the floor of the Assembly by his successor , Monday Obolo during Monday’s plenary session.

The former Speaker was impeached by 17 out of 24 members on September 30 after he refused to resign following pressures mounted on him by elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Isenah who thanked the state government,his colleagues and members of the public for their support during his tenure said his resignation became “necessary for peace to reign and for the greater good of the state.”

The Majority Leader and House Committee Chairman on Information, Mr. Bernard Kenebai (Sagbama 2), moved the motion for Isenah’s letter to be accepted and adopted as a working document of the House and was seconded by Mitema Obordor (Ogbia 1).

Gunmen had on September 30 stormed the Assembly complex and snatched the mace in order to prevent the members from impeaching Isenah. The members, however, went on to impeach the former speaker. Isenah had earlier condemned the impeachment on the grounds that it was unconstitutional as it was done after the day’s plenary has ended.

Isenah once again thanked the members for the adoption of his resignation letter.

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