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BREAKING: Bayelsa Speaker resigns from office

By News desk

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker, Tonye Isenah, has tendered his resignation  letter to step aside from his exalted office following pressure mounted on him by some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders to quit his position ahead of the November 16th governorship election in the state.

It was gathered that the controversy surrounding the purported pressure on the Bayelsa Speaker lasted for over two weeks with his initial reluctance to resign as directed by party leaders.

Monday Obolo representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2, it was also gathered , is expected to succeed  Isenah in an arrangement targeted to assuaging the people of the Southern Ijaw area where the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon hails from.

An insider claimed that Obolo’s factor will douse the high expectation of massive votes for the APC in the coming November 16th Governorship poll, adding that Isenah decided to resign so that he won’t be blamed in case the PDP fails to win the Governorship election.

“Isenah hinted of his resignation while addressing staff of the Assembly after presiding over plenary on Friday. Members of the House that witnessed the Speaker’s briefing were Felix Bonny Ayah, representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 1, and Moses Marlon, representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 3,” the insider said.

He was quoted as telling staff of the State House Assembly that the meeting with them may be the last in his position as Speaker.

The Speaker was said to have reached an agreement with Dickson and other PDP leaders to vacate his office in the event that Senator Douye Diri, who hails from his Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area, emerged the candidate of the PDP for the election.

Following the emergence of Diri, PDP leaders were said to have asked Isenah to surrender his position to another lawmaker from Southern Ijaw to enable the party garner votes from the council.

But Isenah initially insisted that he would not let go of his position before the governorship poll, adding that he was yet to see how abandoning his office would help PDP win the coming poll.

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