“Pay me my money!” Bayelsa State Lawmaker in Shouting Match With His Speaker

Bayelsa State House of Assembly Speaker, Kombowei Benson

There had been so much rancor in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly in recent times, the latest being threats to impeach the speaker of the house, a development which took the intervention of vpower-brokers in the Peoples Democratic Party, including President Goodluck Jonathan, to solve.

But fresh crisis have apparently emerged among members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Wednesday following a heated exchange between the Speaker of the House, Mr. Kombowei Benson, and the former Deputy Speaker, Mr. Fini Angaye. The shouting match, it was reported, almost resulted in exchange of blows.

Sources from the Assembly complex reported that Angaye stormed the office of the Speaker and banged the Speaker’s table as he insisted that a certain money be paid. He was said to have threatened to deal with Speaker if the money was not paid and refused to leave the office.“Pay me my money now. If you don’t pay me money, there will not be sitting of this House”. The former deputy speaker was reported to have been shouting.

According to the source, who pleaded anonymity, “We don’t know the money he was requesting for. But he was serious and showed a lot of disrespect to the Speaker. It took the intervention of other lawmakers to prevent a fight between the two.” Meanwhile, aggrieved by the conduct of Angaye, some of the lawmakers brought it to the floor of the House under a matter of urgent public importance. A member representing Yenagoa II Constituency, Ebipaudo Fekeweimo, later moved the motion and called for a disciplinary measures against Angaye.