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By samuel oyadongha, Yenogoa
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday arrived Bayelsa State on a private visit. Chieftains of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party are expected to take advantage of the visit to resolve the crisis rocking the Bayelsa State House of Assembly which resulted in the impeachment of the Speaker, Kombowei Benson.

Accompanied by Governor Seriake Dickson from the Port-Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, the President arrived his Otuoke home town in Ogbia local government area of the state yesterday at about 3.15pm in an Airforce helicopter without the usual fanfare ostensibly due to the mood of the nation occasioned by the Sunday afternoon Dana Airline crash in Lagos.

Most Bayelsans who thronged the community primary school field to give the President a rousing welcome went home disappointed as he was airlifted to his uncompleted country home.

A dependable source told Saturday Vanguard that the President later held a close door meeting with the state governor, Seriake Dickson, top security chiefs including the commissioner of police, Chris Olakpe, Director of State Security Service SSS, and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) among others.

Though the President it was learnt was in the state on a private visit, sources told Saturday Vanguard that some chieftains of the party are exploiting his presence to broker peace between the supporters of the impeached Speaker and that of Fini Angaye who was elected Speaker after the controversial removal of Kombowei Benson.

Benson was allegedly impeached by eleven members of the assembly on Monday while he was away on medical treatment abroad.

The new leadership of the house had expressed displeasure over the way the sacked speaker had in the last three months piloted the affairs of the assembly.

The sacked speaker, Kombonwei Benson is from Southern Ijawconstituency while the newly elected speaker, Fini Angaye is from Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency.

The Bayelsa Assembly have been under lock and key in the last four days with the premises sealed off by armed policemen.

Governor Dickson had on Wednesday said he would not dabble into the crisis rocking the speaker and members of the state assembly, describing their disagreement as the beauty of democracy.


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