Rumble in the Creeks: Speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly impeached

by Stanley Azuakola

Just three months after he was elected as Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Friday Kombowei Benson, was Monday was impeached by members of the assembly.

Hon Fini Angaye has been elected to replace him. Angaye, the new speaker, was himself removed from office as deputy speaker in June, only three months ago.

Kombowei was removed at about 4p.m. on Monday, by 16 members of the 24-member assembly who claimed they had the support from others who were absent.

The process of Kombowei’s impeachment took less than 30 minutes. He and his deputy were not present at the sitting.

The member representing Ogbia Constituency II, Hon Obedience Emoton, was the mover of the motion for the removal of Kombowei as Speaker.

After the speaker was impeached, another former speaker, Hon Nestor Binabo then nominated his former deputy Fini Angaye for the position. The nomination was unanimously accepted by all the other lawmakers present.

While reacting to the change, Angaye told journalists that the “Bayelsa State House of Assembly has effected a change,” explaining that when members stated their problem, it meant that they wanted a change.

The new speaker, who declined comments on the reason for the removal of his predecessor, said: “All I can tell you is that I have come to serve the people of Bayelsa State and move the state forward. I have now become their servant and at any point in time when I go astray, they should correct me.”

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