Bayelsa Assembly elects Speaker, Deputy


The Bayelsa State House of Assembly has elected Abraham Ingobere of the Peoples Democratic Party as its new Speaker and Micheal Ogbere, representing Ekeremor Constituency 3, as the Deputy Speaker.
Ingobere, member representing Brass Constituency 3, is a third-term legislator and a former Deputy Speaker of the House before his emergence as the Speaker.
The former Speaker, Monday Obolo (PDP/Southern Ijaw II), emerged as the Majority Leader, and Michael Ogbere, representing Ekeremor Constituency 3, as the Chief Whip of the House.
In his remarks, the newly-elected speaker said he was grateful for the House to elect him.
He said: “I promise to work together with all the members of the assembly irrespective of the political party, and to work with the Bayelsa Government, led by Senator Douye Diri as the Executive Governor of the state.
“I will ensure that the will of Bayelsa people enjoy implementation of good policies for the interest of the public.”
On his part, the former speaker said he was also grateful to the members who elected him as their speaker during his tenure.
He said due to the fact that the state had three senators and the present governor comes from his district, he had to step aside for another district to take over.
He said: “I thank you for the support given me during my tenure as the speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly.
“As the Majority Leader now, I will ensure that all government policies are met for the interest of the Bayelsa people.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the current speaker, from Bayelsa East Senatorial District, is the first speaker from the district since the creation of Bayelsa State.