Bayelsa Speaker Tonye Isenah Officially Quits

Mr Tonye Isenah

The immediate past Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr Tonye Isenah, has officially tendered a resignation letter, a week after the House was engulfed in a crisis that led to the emergence of two leaderships.

In the letter, backdated to September 30, 2019, and received by the House on Monday, October 7, 2019, Mr Isenah expressed his appreciation to the State Government, his fellow lawmakers and the public for the support they accorded him while in office, stressing that the resignation had become necessary for peace to reign.

Drawing from Order 1 subsection 2 of the House Standing Orders, which empowers the House to regulate its procedures through motions, the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Bernard Kenebai moved the motion for the acceptance and adoption of the letter as a working document of the House.

He was seconded by the member representing Ogbia Constituency 1, Mr Mitema Obordor.

Speaking shortly after the adoption of the letter, the new Speaker, Mr Monday Obolo, thanked his colleagues, especially, Mr Isenah, for their understanding, which he said demonstrates that the interest of the State was superior to the interest of any individual.

“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 in spite of minor understandable differences.”

Explaining further after plenary, he said the adoption and acceptance of the resignation letter has taken precedence over the impeachment of the former Speaker, Isenah.

Reports say Mr Isenah decided to send his resignation after a peace and reconciliation meeting with the State Governor, Seriake Dickson and the new Speaker, Mr Monday Obolo in Government House, Yenagoa, on Saturday where certain agreements that were yet-to-be made public were reached.

After the meeting, Mr Isenah took to his Facebook account and posted “well, 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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