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Bayelsa Assembly Dismisses Rumoured Defection Plan To APC, Gives Dickson Confidence Vote



Sixteen out of the nineteen Peoples Democratic Party members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly have denied the rumoured plan to move en-masse to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and passed a vote of no confidence on the State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson.

In an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Obolo-Bobou said that the Assembly has enjoyed unbroken stability and cohesion for almost eight years under the leadership of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.

The Speaker along with 15 members also denied speculation making the rounds that some members are planning to defect from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to other political parties.

The APC candidate, Chief David Lyon has just won the governorship election in the state, thereby changing the power sharing formula in the state, effective from February 14, 2020, when Lyon will be sworn in, the Assembly Speaker, Monday Obolo who is from the same Southern Ijaw local government as Lyon may be pressured to step down for somebody from another senatorial district, preferably Bayelsa West to produce the Speaker.

Obolo-Bobou said the House of Assembly has had a robust partnership for almost eight years working with the executive arm of government led by Governor Dickson in the development of the state.

He explained that three members of the party were absent at the meeting due to other official engagements in the interest of the state.

He assured the people of the state that the House of Assembly was committed to ensuring that the Restoration Government finishes strong come February 14, 2020.

Also, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abraham Ngobere and the member representing Yenagoa 2, Hon. Ebiwou Koku-Obiyai, said the members are committed to serve the people who elected them.

“We have a sacred mandate as legislators with our people, the people of Bayelsa State, which we will continue to do.

“We’ve had about eight years of very effective administration by the Restoration Government, ably led by the Governor and we, the legislature have given the needed legislative backing to projects and programs of this administration.

“The seedlings we watered during the dry season have grown to fruit bearing plants, and we’ve all enjoyed those fruits. We are here to assure the people of Bayelsa State that as part of the Restoration Government, as lawmakers who have worked with this government, we are here standing tall side by side with the Governor, to finish strong with him.

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