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Bayelsa Assembly orders removal of SIEC member

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Bayelsa State House of Assembly has ordered the immediate removal of a member of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Mr. Banabas Tugwell Edure, over alleged non-eligibility to serve in the State’s Indepen-dent Electoral Commission (SIEC).

The House also ordered the removal from office of Chairman of Mein Oyakiri Local Council Development Authority, Mr. Godsave Aladei, for alleged misappro-priation of council funds.

The Assembly members, through a motion moved by the Deputy Speaker, Nestor Binabo (Sagbama), ordered the removal of Mr. Banabas Edure from the State Electoral Commission based on the discovery that his indict-ment as a local government chairman in 2006 and consequent impeachment on alleged negligence of duty, he was not qualified to hold public office for 10 years.

The lawmakers also adopted the report of the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Local Govern-ment on a petition by members of Dein Oyakiri Local Government Develop-ment Caretaker Committee on the alleged misappropriation of the council’s take-off grant, award of contracts without approval by other members of the committee, diversion of council proper-ties for personal use and the illegal deductions from project accounts  without official authority.

The House, led by the Speaker, Werinipre Seibaro-gu, based on the recommen-dation of the Amalanyo Yousuo-led House Commit-tee, announced the removal of the chairman of the Development Authority and the hand over of the administration of the council to the Supervisory Councilor for Youths, Mr. Cameroon Opuenne.

In his motion for the removal of the member of Sagbam Local Government on the SIEC, the Deputy Speaker, Nestor Binabo, said though the the House made a mistake in screening and confirming the indicted SIEC member, the House must reverse its confirmation because anyone saddled with such position as conducting free and fair election in the state must be of proven integrity.

Nestor Binabo, who is a representative from Sgabama, said the indicted SIEC member was removed from office as Chairman of the Sagabam local government council on April 6, 2006, following the report of a panel which found him guilty of negligence of duty.

He said:  “Based on the provision of Sec.2 (b) of the State Independent Electoral Commission ACT, which expressly prohibits any one found guilty of misconduct within the last 10 years from holding public office in the commission, Mr.Edure stands disqualified from being a commissioner in the state’s electoral commission.”

Attempts to reach the sacked member of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Banabas Edure proved abortive, but one of his associates alleged that the removal was master minded by the deputy speaker over reported squabbles on party leadership in Sagbama local government area.


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