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Bayelsa Speaker bows to pressure, swears in 3 opposition lawmakers

29 April 2016, 15:17

Yenagoa - The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson has finally bowed to pressure to swear in three elected opposition lawmakers in the House.

The members are Alfred Belemote (APGA, Brass II), Gabriel Ogbara (ADC, Ogbia III) and Gibson Munalayefa (Labour Party, (Ogbia II).

They were declared winners of the 2015 state House of Assembly election by the ruling of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State but the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP)- controlled House refused to allow them take their seats.

Also read: Bayelsa Speaker refuses to vacate office after court sacking

The trio had petitioned the National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and the Attorney General of the Federation over an impending break down of law and order in the state because of the decision of the House to disobey court orders.

Benson, while swearing in the lawmakers on Thursday, blamed the delay on the failure of the trio to follow due process in the submission of their documents.

He said though the House leadership knew about the court rullng declaring them as elected members, the processes of admission of new members needed to be followed in accordance with rules and procedures of the House.

- News 24


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