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Bayelsa Speaker Declares Four Lawmakers’ Seats Vacant

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 6:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Konbowei Benson, has declared the seats of four members of the House vacant following their defection from the PDP to the APC.

They include Fini Angaye (Kolokuma/Opokuma constituency 2), Alfred Egba,(Yenagoa constituency 1), Victor Prezi (Ekeremor Constituency 3) Azibola  Omekwe (Ogbia constituency 1).

Declaring their seats vacant at the weekend in Yenagoa, Konbowei said he relied on section 109 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Angaye, Egba, Prezi and Omekwe had at separate briefings in Yenagoa announced their dumping of the PDP for the APC, citing the hijack of the PDP by Governor Seriake Dickson who they also accused of factionalising the party with the arbitrary suspension of the state chairman, Samuel Inokoba.

But Governor  Dickson has described as “a step in the right direction” the decision of the speaker to declare their seats vacant.

The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the speaker’s action was not only constitutional but will also instill party discipline and sanitize the polity.

He condemned the practice where politicians cross-carpet at will without recourse to the parties under which they were elected into positions, stressing it was no longer acceptable and practicable under the country’s thriving democracy.

Dickson stated that the legislature had  by this singular act set the pace and shown the direction of the new PDP in the state where party discipline and loyalty must be the overriding principles and factors for all members henceforth.

He noted that indiscipline, disloyalty and greed had  been the bane of the PDP at state and national levels in the past, stressing that such acts would no longer be tolerated for whatever reason in the party.

“We will continue to do the needful by ensuring that only those who respect the position of the party on issues are allowed to remain while all those with selfish and unacceptable behavioural patterns will be shown the way out for the good of the PDP.

“Henceforth, members of the party, if truly they belong to the party, must be held accountable for their actions and inactions”, he said.