The embattled Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah, finally presented a letter of resignation a week after the house was involved in a crisis that led to the appearance of two leaders within the same party.
In a letter dated 30 September 2019 and received at house on 7 October 2019, Isenah expressed his gratitude to the government, members and the general public for the support provided during their mandate, stressing that the resignation became necessary for peace to reign.
Recalled that Latest Nigeria News had previously reported that Tonye Isenah’s intention to resign was due to pressure being exerted on him by leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to quit his post before the November 16 government elections.
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.
Starting from subsection 2 of Order 1 of the Rules of the House of Representatives, which authorizes the Chamber to regulate its procedures with movements, the Deputy Chief of the majority, HE. Bernard Kenebai presented the proposal to accept and adopt the letter as a working document of the Chamber and was seconded from SE. Mitema Obordor, a member of the Ogbia constituency 1.
Speaking shortly after the adoption of the letter, the new President, Rt. Hon. Monday Obolo thanked the members, in particular Rt. Hon. Isenah, for his understanding, has shown that the interest of the state is 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.
Latestalert learnt that Isenah decided to put in his resignation after a peace and reconciliation meeting with Dickson and Obolo in Government House, Yenagoa, on Saturday where certain agreements that are yet-to-be made public were reached.
It was further gathered that after the meeting, Isenah took to his Facebook account and posted “well, point made and lessons learnt. As the song writer 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.”