By Sampson Boroh
The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Tuesday denied plans by lawmakers to impeach its speaker, Rt.Hon. Abraham Ngobere.
The House subsequently passed a vote of confidence on the speaker and its leadership.
It was alleged that there plots by some lawmakers to impeach Ndogere over unknown allegations leveled against him.
There were allegations that following the plot to impeach the embattled speaker, he reportedly fled the Assembly Complex with the House symbol of authority – Mace.
Bayelsa Assembly while debunking the rumour of impeachment described those behind the allegation as merchants of disunity and deliberate plot to destabilise the current political space in the state.
However, at Tuesday’s plenary session, the lawmakers while rubbishing the allegation noted that there was no iota of truth in the allegation.
Hon. Tari Porri, the member of the House representing Ekeremor Constituency 1, while moving a motion to reaffirm the confidence of the House on the Speaker for quality and unifying leadership of the 6th Assembly, said though the claims about the disappearance of the Speaker with the Mace was laughable, “the 6th Assembly has done well under Hon. Abraham Ngobere.
Hon.Porri noted that the State Assembly is where Democratic stability of a state is built, the alleged claims against the Assembly leadership should not be allowed,” under the Ngobere leadership, the House has passed 10 Bill’s and multiple motions including the prosperity Bill.”
The minority leader, Chief Samson Awudulu (Nembe 3), who seconded the motion, led other members of the Assembly including Hon.Mieteme Obodo (Ogbia 1), Hon. Wisdom Fafi(Kolga 2), Hon. McDonald Igbadiwei (S/1 4),Hon.Salo Adiekumo (Salga 3), Hon. Bernard Kenebai (Salga 2),Rt. Hon. Tonye Isenah (Kolga 1), Hon. Oboku Oforji (Yen 1) and Hon. Koku Obiyai Ebiuwou (Yen 2) to pass a vote of confidence on the speaker.
While Hon.Salo Adiekumo labeled those behind the alleged impeachment plot as “bad belle” politicians, Hon. Tonye Isenah said though the State Assembly has had such issues of alleged impeachment in the past, “the 6th Assembly under Speaker Abraham Ngobere has shown that they don’t know what those behind the alleged plot are talking about.”
On his part, Hon. Koku Obiyai Ebiuwou (Yen 2) said the present 6th Assembly have witnessed considerable peace, ”And we are comfortable with you as Speaker. You are humble and a unifying factor to the House members. We are solidly behind you.”
In his response, the Speaker, Rt.Hon. Abraham Ngobere commended the House members over their position against the alleged plot against him, ”I am assuring members of my commitment to the growth and stability of the House. Even the opposition members in the house have attested to the inclusive style being adopted in the affairs of the House. The opposition party members have shown maturity towards the business of the House.”