Thursday 23rd February, 2017
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2 injured as Bayelsa APC, PDP supporters clash

2 injured as Bayelsa APC, PDP supporters clash

The controversy sur­rounding the Court of Appeal ruling on the embattled Bayelsa Speaker, Hon Konbowei Benson, is yet to be over as two persons were yesterday injured in Kokorosei Com­munity of Southern Ijaw Local Government of the state following a bloody clash between supporters of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This was over the disput­ed court ruling annulling the election of the Speaker.
The injured persons, who were identified as APC supporters, were report­edly attacked with machete by alleged PDP supporters due to their wild celebra­tion over the reported an­nulment of the Speaker’s election and decision to step down as Speaker of the House.
While supporters of both parties engage in blame game, the state assembly candidate of the APC in the constituency, Hon Ebi­faghe Orunimighe, called for calm and asked the state Police commissioner to in­vestigate the incident and arrest the culprits.
Hon Orunimighe, who confirmed the develop­ment, said the victims of the attack have been moved to the Federal Medical Cen­tre in Yenagoa for adequate medical treatment.
A statement by APC in Yenagoa said: “It is unfor­tunate that Hon Benson Friday Konbowei is ac­centuated by greed and desperation to disseminate such deliberate falsehood to mislead members of the so­ciety including his pastors and church members.
“Elementary intelli­gence, logic and common sense suggest that a person who claims to win a case should produce the judg­ment of the court confirm­ing his victory. Where is the judgment delivered on December 9, 2015 where Konbowei claims victory?
“For the avoidance of doubt, let it be established right away that the unani­mous judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered by Justice Ejembi Eko JCA on December 9, 2015 de­clared the election of Hon Benson Friday Konbowei as the purported winner of the House of Assembly seat for Southern Ijaw Con­stituency 4 held on April 11, 2015 as null and void and ordered INEC to conduct elections within 90 days from the date of judgment.
“It should be noted that the Court of Appeal did not give two conflicting judg­ments as falsely claimed by Hon Benson Friday Kon­bowei. The judgment of the Court of Appeal which sacked Hon Benson Kon­bowei is the only subsisting judgment and Hon. Kon­bowei Benson including his team of lawyers have copies of the judgment.”
“In utter defiance to the judgment, Hon Benson Friday Konbowei presided over the 2016 Budget ses­sion presented on the floor of the House by His Excel­lency, Henry Seriake Dick­son on Jan 15, 2016. It is worrisome that the conduct of Konbowei Benson both­ers on contempt of court and wanton disregard for the rule of law.

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