The Bayelsa House of Assembly on Monday elected Kombowei Benson representing Southern-Ijaw constituency III as its speaker.
The election followed the resignation of Nestor Binabo, who acted as governor of Bayelsa State until Tuesday when he handed over to Seriake Dickson, the winner of February 11, governorship poll.
“You all know that I and the new governor are from the same senatorial district and it is therefore natural I vacate the number three seat,’’ Mr. Binabo said in his letter of resignation.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the members accepted the resignation and nominated as speaker pro tempore, Tonye Isenah of the Labour Party, who represents Kolokuma/Opokuma I constituency I.
But Mr. Isenah, who said “nature abhors a vacuum” quickly organised an election to fill the vacuum.
Ayobegha James, representing Nembe constituency II, then nominated Mr. Benson who was seconded by Alfred Egba representing Yenagoa constituency I.In his acceptance speech, Mr. Benson, who was the Chief Whip, thanked the House for his election, and promised to carry every member along.
He also promised to make good laws for the development of the state.
The new speaker gave the assurance that the House would maintain a cordial working relationship with the new governor.
Born in 1962 at Korokorosei town in the Southern-Ijaw Local Government, Mr. Benson was first elected into the House in 2007.