President Jonathan intervenes in Bayelsa Assembly crisis

by Stanley Azuakola

On Friday June 7, President Goodluck Jonathan visited his home state of Bayelsa to make an intervention into the crisis rocking the state’s House of Assembly. Earlier this week, the Assembly had impeached its speaker on Monday June 3 and elected a new one, the second speaker in three months.

The president met with the feuding parties at his residence in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government area of the state, in a meeting that also had the commissioner of police, Chris Olakpe and his State Security Service counterpart in attendance.

The helicopter that conveyed Jonathan, Governor Seriake Dickson, and others made a surprise landing at his residence, which is under construction, at about 3.15 pm, whereas supporters of the president were already waiting for him on the primary school field where the helicopter usually lands.

The president, as well as Bayelsa governor Seriake Dickson were said to be unhappy with the crisis at the assembly, which led to the removal of its speaker. The outcome of the peace meeting is still unclear although an assembly source says the impeached speaker, Konbowei Benson, may likely regain his job.

Armed policemen are still guarding the venue of the meeting.

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