Bayelsa Assembly To Swear-In Three Opposition Members

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The Kombowei Benson-led Bayelsa State House of Assembly has bowed to pressure and opted to swear-in three lawmakers elected on the platforms of opposition political parties.

The Speaker, Benson, has been under attacks from different groups for failing to inaugurate the lawmakers four months after they were declared winners of their constituencies.

Benson has refused to administer oaths of office on Watson Belemote of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), representing Brass Constituency 2; Gibson Munalayefa of the Labour Party (LP) for Ogbia constituency 2 and Gabriel Ogbara of African Democratic Congress (ADC) for Ogbia constituency 3.

They were declared winners of their various constituencies four months ago by the Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The police, elders in the state under the aegis Bayelsa First Initiative (BFI) including the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had warned Benson of the consequences of not swearing-in the lawmakers.

The Governor of the state, Mr. Seriake Dickson, was also accused of being the unseen hand behind the travails of the lawmakers.

But Dickson denied involvement.

It was gathered Wednesday that Benson announced on the floor of the House that the members-elect would be sworn in Thursday.

He reportedly blamed the delay in their inauguration to faulty processes saying the elected lawmakers did not furnish the House with requisite documents on time.

He said as a law-making body, the House was under obligations to follow laid down procedure in swearing-in members and not to depend on petitions from lawyers.

(Today)

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