Court Verdict: Bayelsa Assembly Speaker Bows To Pressure, Steps Down

The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Kombowei Benson yesterday stepped down as member of the House in obedience to the December 9 Court of Appeal ruling which declared his election null and void and ordered a rerun in the constituency area of Southern Ijaw local government area of the state.

The embattled speaker, Hon. Kombowei Benson, whose decision to step down from the position of speaker, was noticeable at yesterday’s sitting with the Deputy Speaker, Abraham Igonbere (Brass Constituency 3) presiding over the House to consider the 2016 Appropriation Bill submitted to the House by the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson.

Sources at the State House of Assembly informed LEADERSHIP that the decision of the Speaker to step down was reached after a closed door meeting with Governor Seriake Dickson, and the Attorney-General of the state, Kemesuode Wodu and the legal team of the speaker.

LEADERSHIP gathered that at the meeting with the governor, the speaker secured the assurance of a come back to the position of speaker after a successful state Assembly re-run election ordered by the Court of Appeal.

While the embattled speaker is continuing his consultations with his legal team and other stakeholders to secure his plum position, pressure has continued to mount among second term members on the need for a replacement and election of substantive speaker.

LEADERSHIP also gathered that some members from the Central Senatorial zone, where the speaker hails from, are seeking to occupy the position.

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