Group faults CCT’s plan to arraign Bayelsa Speaker, three others
The Association of Bayelsa Professionals (ABP) has condemned the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to arraign the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, describing it as political intimidation.
In a statement signed by its General Secretary, Dr. Jasper Timiebi, yesterday, the association urged the tribunal to resist the political pressure of being used as a tool to witch-hunt and persecute perceived enemies by some elements in the corridors of power.Timiebi appealed to the leadership of the CCT to protect its image and resist pressure from politicians planning to use the tribunal to fight their personal battles.
He alleged that the lawmaker representing the Brass 1 Constituency in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Sunny Goli, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was behind the recent plan to arraign the Speaker and others for alleged abuse of office.
He said that while the body of Bayelsa professionals would not delve into political disputes, the group was opposed to acts that were deliberately designed to undermine the peace and stability of the state.He, therefore, called on the CCT leadership to investigate allegations made against the Speaker and the three others in order to arrive at the truth, which would guide the decisions of the tribunal.
Timiebi, who insisted that investigations conducted by the group revealed that Goli was absent at most legislative sessions, said that it was immoral and ridiculous for political elements to use the CCT as a battle axe against their political opponents who had made serious sacrifice for peace, stability and development of the state.He said the lawmaker had been paid all his entitlements and lacked the moral credentials to cry wolf where none existed.
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