Police Alert Dickson Of Political Tension Over Bayelsa Assembly
The Bayelsa State Police Command has written a letter to Governor Seriake Dickson informing him of possible break down of law and order in the state if the state House of Assembly continue to refuse to swear-in three members-elect despite Appeal Court judgements.
The command noted that failure of the legislature to administer oaths of allegiance and office on the lawmakers-elect was generating tension in the state.
The lawmakers-elect include APGA’s Belemote Watson (Brass 2), Gabriel Ogbara of ADC (Ogbia 3) and LP’s Munalayefa Gibson (Ogbia 2).
They had been waiting to be sworn-in since December 2015 when they collected their certificates of return from INEC following their judicial victories.
In the letter with reference number, AB:0900/BYS/Vol.4/43, dated 11 April 2016, and signed by the Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, the command warned Dickson of the consequences of further refusal of the Assembly to swear-in the three lawmakers-elect.
According to the letter made available to reporters in Yenagoa on Thursday, the warning to the governor followed a request by the three aggrieved members-elect and their constituents for the police to permit them to embark on a “mega rally” to the Assembly Complex to protest against the disobedience to the directive of the court.
The police therefore advised Dickson to prevail on Speaker Konbowei Benson and the leadership of the Assembly to swear-in the affected lawmakers-elect in the interest of peace and justice.
The letter read in part: “The members-elect, Alfred Belemote (APGA, Brass 2), Gabriel Ogbara (ADC, Ogbia 3) and Gibson Munalayefa (Labour Party,Ogbia 2) stated that they were successful candidates in the state of House of Assembly election held on 6th of June,2015 but the leadership of the state House of Assembly has refused to swear them into office for normal legislative duties.
“The trio also alleged that one Hon. Benson Konbowei of the PDP, whose election was just conducted on March 5th 2016, was sworn into office immediately after winning election,whereas the same House has continuously denied them this right since 2015.
“In view of the aforesaid development,the Bayelsa Police Command is appealing to your Excellency to prevail on the Hon. Speaker and entire leadership of the state House of Assembly to swear into office the three honourable members in the interest of peace and justice.
“This is to prevent fresh security threat to the existing ones in Bayelsa State. It would also act as a demonstration and confirmation of your Eexcellency’s large and accommodating heart.”