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.