The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rtd. Hon. Tonye Emmanuel Isenah, presented his resignation and demonstrates his willingness to leave his post on Monday 30 when the House resumes session.
Latest Nigeria News, inferred that Tonye Isenah’s resignation on Friday afternoon followed pressure from leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to quit his post before the governor’s election on November 16th.
The controversy surrounding the alleged pressure on the president of Bayelsa lasted more than two weeks with his initial reluctance to resign, as indicated by party leaders.
Latestalert, reliably learned that Hon. Monday Obolo representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2 is expected to succeed Hon. Tonye Isenah is an arrangement targeted to assuaging the people of the Southern Ijaw area where the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon haild from.
Sources said that Hon, the Obolo factor will mitigate the high expectations of mass votes for the APC in the upcoming governor’s poll on November 16th.
A source, who spoke of the development, said that Isenah decided to resign so as not to be blamed if the PDP does not win the government elections.
The source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Isenah hinted of his resignation while addressing staff of the Assembly after presiding over plenary on Friday.
“Members of the House that witnessed the Speaker’s briefing were Felix Bonny Ayah, representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 1, and Moses Marlon, representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 3.”
He was quoted as telling staff of the State House Assembly that the meeting with them may be the last in his position as Speaker.
The Speaker was said to have reached an agreement with Dickson and other PDP leaders to vacate his office in the event that Senator Douye Diri, who hails from his Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area, emerged the candidate of the PDP for the election.
Following the emergence of Diri, PDP leaders were said to have asked Isenah to surrender his position to another lawmaker from Southern Ijaw to enable the party garner votes from the council.
But Isenah initially insisted that he would not let go of his position before the governorship poll, adding that he was yet to see how abandoning his office would help PDP win the coming poll.
Confirming the development, Hon. Tonye Isenah, simply said “yes, I don’t have a choice.”