Posted by By Samuel Oyadongha on
BAYELSA State House of Assembly yesterday reconvened after a eight weeks of recess and vowed that it would not allow itself to be used to further heighten tension in the state on account of the arrest and trial of Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha in London over alleged money laundering.
YENAGOA — BAYELSA State House of Assembly yesterday reconvened after a eight weeks of recess and vowed that it would not allow itself to be used to further heighten tension in the state on account of the arrest and trial of Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha in London over alleged money laundering.
The position of the Assembly might not be unconnected with speculations that it was under pressure from the Presidency to commence impeachment process against the governor who is currently facing charges of money laundering in a London court.
The Assembly went on indefinite recess to foreclose any impeachment move against the governor.
However the house made attempts twice to reconvene last week but could not, the first time because it did not form a quorum and the second time on account of what assembly sources blamed on non-release of their overhead prompting the lawmakers to stage a protest to the Deputy Governor who facilitated the payment of the fund and the subsequent resumption of sitting yesterday.
Speaking at the resumption of sitting well attended by members, the Speaker, Prince Boyelayefa Debekeme debunked rumour of the planned impeachment noting that the house would not do anything to further heighten tension in the state at this trying moment.
Said he, “I wish to express my gratitude to members and all our supporters for the peaceful manner in which they have conducted themselves in spite of the fact that the state has been faced with traumatic events and problems during this period.
“This house will not participate in any way in increasing the tension occasioned by this unfortunate situation but rather commit the state to the throne of the God Almighty", he noted adding, “we are heartened that this house has remained the symbol of peace and unity in the entire state at this trying times.”