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Embattled Isenah resigns as Bayelsa Speaker days after ‘impeachment’


Fewdays after his controversial ‘impeachment’ as the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Tonye Isenah, yesterday, tendered his resignation letter to the house.

Isenah, in the letter dated Septemb er 30, 2019, thanked the government, his colleagues and the general public for the support they accorded him while in office, stressing that the resignation becomes necessary for peace to reign.

Drawing from Order 1(2) of the House Standing Orders, which empowers the house to regulate its procedures through motions, the Deputy Majority Leader, Bernard Kenebai, moved the motion for the acceptance and adoption of the letter as a working document of the house. Miedema Obordor, representing Ogbia Constituency 1, seconded him.


Speaking shortly after the adoption of the letter, the new Speaker, Monday Obolo, thanked members, especially Isenah, for their understanding, which he said demonstrated that the interest of the state was superior to individual interests.

“We have once again demonstrated that we can subordinate our personal interest to the interest of the state and that we stand united as a house despite minor understandable differences,” he said.

Explaining further after plenary yesterday, he said the adoption and acceptance of the resignation letter took precedence over the impeachment of Isenah.

It was learnt that Isenah decided to put in his resignation after a peace and reconciliation meeting with Governor Seriake Dickson and Obolo in Government House, Yenagoa, on Saturday where certain agreements yet to be made public were reached.

The Guardian further gathered that after the meeting, Isenah took to his Facebook account and posted, “Well, a point made and lessons learnt. As the songwriter will say, ‘let it be, let it be, let it be.’ Apologies to those who will feel disappointed.

“Appreciation to all those who stood by me through this period. Special thanks to my worthy constituents, friends, and well-wishers for the show of love and support. When I gather my memoirs and document my story, a whole lot will be revealed. Life itself is a struggle. Great grace and God’s speed.”

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