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Pressure on Bayelsa lawmakers to halt Dep Gov’s impeachment

By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—BAYELSANS who besieged the State House of Assembly over the move to impeach the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Peremobowei Ebebi, yesterday, were disappointed as the lawmakers failed to turn up.

The House had adjourned, Tuesday, to reconvene yesterday after resolving to serve a notice of impeachment on the Deputy Governor.

Already, 17 of the 24 members of the Assembly had signed the impeachment notice against the Deputy Governor, a move allegedly being orchestrated by the governor.

Although it could not be ascertained immediately why the lawmakers failed to turn up at the Assembly complex for the day’s legislative business as expected, an impeccable source told Vanguard that they were under intense pressure to stand down the impeachment process.

The source said the Presidency was not comfortable with the development in the home state of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Indications that the lawmakers who were driven to the Tuesday sitting and taken away in a white Toyota bus with Bayelsa Government House number plate BYGH 348 amid tight security, would not turn up, emerged when some of the security operatives earlier noticed around the complex tactically withdrew at noon.

Journalists who kept vigil at the complex for the better part of the day left the place at 3 p.m. when it became obvious that the lawmakers were not prepared to resume sitting for the day.

Unlike the hurried sitting on Tuesday which witnessed heavy police presence within and outside the complex, the situation was calm yesterday.


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