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Bayelsa Speaker to Step Down

The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Tonye Isenah is to step down from the position on Monday.

The Speaker made this known at a valedictory meeting with Staff of the Assembly in Yenagoa.

Radio Nigeria’s Correspondent reports that though no official reason has been given yet for the decision by the speaker, observers say it may not be unconnected to the forthcoming Governorship election in the State.

Just three months on the saddle as Speaker of the Sixth Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Tonye Isenah at an emotional meeting with Staffers of the State legislature announced that he would not continue in the post from Monday.
Political Analysts say the Speaker has been reported to have been under pressure from some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State to step down.
This followed the emergence of Senator Douye Diri from Kolokuma-Opokuma, same local government area as the Speaker as the candidate of the PDP ahead of the November Sixteen Governorship election.
At a meeting with Staffers of the Assembly, Mr. Isenah confirmed that he would be leaving the post, so as not to be a stumbling block on the chances of the party to win the gubernatorial polls.

With speculations rife that the Speaker was told to vacate his seat, Governor Seriake Dickson was asked to confirm the development in a live Media chat a week ago but he was non committal in his response.

The top guns of the party in the State are reported to have settled for a lawmaker from Southern Ijaw, one of the local government areas with the largest voting strength to become the new Speaker in order to garner votes from the area which has a native as Governorship candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Chief David Lyon.

Alambo Datonye

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